Every class of farm animal now in Roundhouse building
12th February 2014 | posted in News
Seven years ago conventional building design for livestock buildings was turned on its head when the innovative Roundhouse livestock building was launched. Since then this all–circular building with no walls and a high tensile canvass roof with a vent-hole in the centre has scooped dozens of awards for innovation and its striking good looks. Originally designed for beef animals, the building’s versatility is now home to every class of farm animal thanks to the completion of a Roundhouse for goats in Staffordshire. Now the building is home to beef finisher animals, suckler cows, milking cows, calves, heifers, pigs, sheep, goats and even deer. There are even Roundhouses keeping rabbits and other domestic species on farms open to the public.
The building’s design is a radical, innovative idea and was introduced to a sector that had never had conventional building design challenged in such a way, according to Simon Pelly, sales manager for Roundhouse Building Solutions, which makes and markets the building:
“Farm buildings have been rectangular or rectangles because straight lines and corners are easy to construct. Farm buildings, largely, have been put-up next to each other because it suited the farm, or the farmer, not because it would be best for the livestock. The Roundhouse is different and puts the animal’s requirement first.”
There are two sizes of Roundhouse, known as the Rh30 and Rh45. The original Rh30 has a diameter of 30 metres, a circumference of 95 meters and an internal area of 720 sq. meters. At recommended stocking rates for livestock it holds around 140 beef animals at 500kgs, or 70-90 dairy cows. The newer Rh45, launched two years ago, has a diameter of 45 meters, a circumference of 144 meters, and an internal area of over 1500 sq meters. Consequently it can hold just over 300 beef animals at 500 kgs, or 180 dairy cows. Although the Rh30 is already used on dairy farms it is primarily used for calves, heifers and dry cows. The Rh45 makes the round building concept applicable for milking cows for the first time, and one has already been erected for that purpose in Nottinghamshire. This building will have three robots adjacent.
Farmers using the building report healthier stock because of the better ventilation, better growth rates, lower stress levels, and reduced veterinary and bedding bills. They also commend the dedicated stock handling system in the middle of the building, and other safety features such as gateless entry and exit points.
For more information contact Simon Pelly at Roundhouse Building Solutions on (01833) 696928.