We supplied Surefoot™ Slip-Resistant Slats, Cubicle Bases and End Walls, Prestressed Wall Panels, Footbaths and In-House Drinkers to Keith McNeill in Stranocum, Co. Antrim.
Along with his brother, Andrew, they milk 500 Holstein Friesian cows near Stranocum in North Co Antrim. The herd is split into spring and autumn groups across two sites. Keith manages the spring calving group, which starts calving in January.
“Our focus is to provide the cows and all the young stock with the conditions they require to maximise growth and performance,” he explained. “This covers both feeding and the housing available on the farm. Recent years have also been marked by a growth in cow numbers. And to make this work, we completed the building of a new cubicle house for both cows and heifers last autumn.”
The new shed, which takes in a floor area of 110’ by 115’, contains 150 cubicles. “We spent a lot of time designing the house in order to ensure that it was totally fit for purpose,” said Keith. “This included all aspects of cubicle design, the layout of the feeding passages, the specific placement of the columns and the slatted floor. “For example, the surfaces of the feeding passages have been specifically raised to be one foot above the feet of the cows. This ensures less feed spoilage.”