Practical & versatile feed pads
Don Chapman Waikato build feed pads in conjunction with a new farm dairy, or to fit to existing dairies. Over the years we have designed and built many styles of feed pad, and can advise on how best to integrate a pad into your farm layout.
It’s crucial that feed pads are planned, designed and built to be economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and to comply with animal welfare regulations.
Combining good design with the correct construction techniques will result in a feed pad that is practical, versatile and value for money. That’s why Don Chapman Waikato is the best choice for the design and build of your new pad.
Feed pad design considerations
To be effective, a feed pad needs to be seen as an integral part of the farm. Planning is essential when deciding the site and size of a pad, and we are happy to provide guidance and assistance as required.
Site considerations include stock flow to and from the feed pad, cow comfort from inclement weather, proximity to silage or feed bunkers, as well as effluent disposal. Pads should be formed well above the natural surface level to promote drainage, increase air movement and discourage insects.
The feed pad design should provide ample room for all cows to easily access feed bins. Feed pads should be built for ease of access and maintenance so that there is adequate room for machinery to move safely and easily around the feed bins for feed delivery and cleaning.
Concrete slabs for feed pads need to be heavy duty reinforced concrete to allow for the extreme loadings placed on them by heavy feed wagons and tractors. Water troughs and high pressure water outlets for washdown are another important consideration.
For a no obligation quote on your new feed pad contact Don Chapman Waikato today.