Cooper Dean Estate
Good ventilation and buying British were the key reasons for choosing spaced Farmscape roof sheets from Marley Eternit for a new dairy unit in West Dorset.
In 2012 the decision was made to invest in the farm, owned by the Cooper Dean Estate family partnership, near Beaminster. The buildings on the farm had not been invested in since the 1970s so plans were drawn up for a new cubicle house, collecting yard, feed passage and straw yard, increasing cow numbers from 150 to 300
The proposed site for the new building was to be dug into the hill behind the existing unit, minimizing the visual impact. Farmscape Anthracite was chosen for the roof of the unit as the dark colour perfectly matched the roofs of the existing farm buildings adjacent to the new development.
“As well as being ‘down in a hole’ the site is also exposed to the prevailing wind from the South West, so getting enough fresh air in, whilst keeping the prevailing wind and rain out of the new build was something we spent a lot of time on,” said Ed. Bowditch who runs the Farm for the partnership.
To address the ventilation concerns, local Agricultural Frame Manufacturer PH Hardwill Ltd designed the building with spaced timber boarding on the wind-facing end and side, with the side where the building faces the embankment left fully open. To ensure enough air circulation the trimmed Marley Eternit Farmscape sheets were installed with a 16mm gap and the building incorporated a protected open ridge to draw the stale air out of the building. The sheets nearest the eaves at either side of the building were left untrimmed to ensure that the air entering the building from either side flows over the cattle rather than exiting straight up and through the roof. “I’m really pleased with the design” says Ed. “The heat rising from the cows actually prevents the moisture entering through the gaps. Our high yielders are inside all year round and last summer these sheds were the coolest place on the farm.”
When planning the project, another consideration for Ed was sourcing British products wherever possible. “When PH Hardwill Ltd. recommended Marley Eternit sheets I was happy to take their advice. They have a good reputation in the industry for producing high quality products and are a British company as well. We definitely made the right choice. The buildings work well and look right, most importantly our cows are content and performing well in their new environment.”
Marley Eternit is the only UK manufacturer of fibre cement profiled sheeting. British made for British farmers, our wide range of products and ventilation systems are better for animal health and welfare, providing excellent sound deadening, reduced condensation and resistance to the most extreme weather conditions.
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"I’m really pleased with the design, the heat rising from the cows actually prevents the moisture entering through the gaps. Our high yielders are inside all year round and last summer these sheds were the coolest place on the farm.”