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Making the best decisions around infrastructure development investment is all about sound analysis of your available options.

This section covers the various  infrastructure types, the benefits and limitations for each along with specific design considerations. It also looks at on farm case studies where actual Australian dairy farmers talk about their experience of infrastructure investment.

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No matter if your proposed investment is big or small, it is important that your eventual design takes into account of these multiple factors.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Ffactors-to-condsider%2F||” css=”.vc_custom_1467678903997{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1467615772910{margin-top: 12px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”” h4=”Which Development is Right for You?” shape=”square” style=”custom” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Click here” btn_style=”custom” btn_custom_background=”#fdc900″ btn_custom_text=”#0a0a0a” btn_shape=”square” btn_size=”sm” btn_align=”right” add_icon=”top” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-television” i_color=”custom” custom_background=”#406f3b” custom_text=”#fdc900″ i_custom_color=”#fdc900″ btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard%2F||”]Use this handy online tool to find out which infrastructure facility best suits your needs. Just answer some simple questions to see a list ordered by most suitable.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”container”][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Development Types”][vc_single_image image=”71323″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”top” type=”container”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Permanent Feedpad” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fpermanent-feedpad%2F||”][vc_column_text]This type of feed pad is used for regular supplementary feeding of cows on an area of land that is either formed with a solid foundation and/or concreted to establish a permanent facility.

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fpermanent-feedpad%2F||” css=”.vc_custom_1467679593933{margin-top: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Dairy Shelter – Slatted Floor” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fdairy-shelter-slatted-floor%2F||”][vc_column_text]A fully covered facility with a concrete slatted floor that covers an effluent holding bunker. The bunker is made of concrete and is large enough to hold or store effluent for extended periods.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fdairy-shelter-slatted-floor%2F||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Dairy Shelter – Loose litter” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fdairy-shelter-loose-litter%2F||”][vc_column_text]

This is a fully covered facility, usually built with plastic film over a framed roof. The base is a soft bedding material such as straw, sawdust or woodchips, capable of absorbing some effluent.

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fdairy-shelter-loose-litter%2F||”][vc_custom_heading text=”Composted Pack facility” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fcomposted-pack-facility%2F||”][vc_column_text]Compost bedded pack is an alternative loose floor system or approach for dairy housing facilities that is typically suited to warmer and dryer climates. The set up often utilises centralised cow alleys and feed alleys.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Fcomposted-pack-facility%2F||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” type=”container”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Freestall facility” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Ffreestall-facility%2F||”][vc_column_text]These are permanent, engineered structures in which dairy cows are housed and usually provided with their daily feed requirements and water. They may be open air, partially or fully enclosed.

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fdevelopment-choice-wizard-2%2Ffreestall-facility%2F||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”container”][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Case Studies”][vc_single_image image=”71324″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” type=”container”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Moving to a Concrete Feedpad” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-a-concrete-feedpad%2F||”][vc_column_text]Read about Matt and Renee’s experience in moving to a concrete feedpad to improve production and deal with wet conditions more effectively.

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-a-concrete-feedpad%2F||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Moving to an All Season Shelter” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-an-all-season-shelter%2F||”][vc_column_text]Read about Simon and Pep’s experiences moving to an all-season shelter with a loose woodchip floor to protect their pasture no matter what the weather.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-an-all-season-shelter%2F||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” type=”container”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Moving to an Earthen Feedpad with Concrete Troughs” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-a-concrete-feedpad%2F||”][vc_column_text]Read about Jamie and Jacinta’s  who farm in South West Victoria and have recently moved to an earthen feedpad with concrete troughs.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fan-earthen-feedpad-with-concrete-troughs-2%2F||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Moving to a Grazing and Free Stall System” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-a-grazing-and-free-stall-system%2F||”][vc_column_text]Lee and Gary farm 430 ha at Cooriemungle in South West Victoria and have moved to a grazing and free stall system. Read about their experience.

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoving-to-a-grazing-and-free-stall-system%2F||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”container”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Moved to a Concrete Feedpad with Feed Bunker and Yard Sprinklers” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoved-to-a-concrete-feedpad-with-feed-bunker-and-yard-sprinklers%2F||”][vc_column_text]Tony and Ellie farm in Northern Victoria and  have moved to a concrete feedpad with feed bunker and yard sprinklers.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read more” style=”custom” custom_background=”#fdc900″ custom_text=”#0a0a0a” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fdairyinfrastructure.com.au%2Fconsider%2Fcase-studeis%2Fmoved-to-a-concrete-feedpad-with-feed-bunker-and-yard-sprinklers%2F||”][vc_separator color=”” type=”normal” thickness=”” up=”” down=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]