At 650 feet above sea level, Manor Farm in Winterbourne Steepleton is higher than the majority of its neighbouring farms in West Dorset.
The 350 head dairy farm is contract farmed by KAM Farming who took the decision back in 2008 to expand the herd to the size it is today. This expansion meant building a new cubicle shed and parlour building, which was designed by Hanford Design and erected by local Agricultural Frame Manufacturer PH Hardwill Ltd.
Designer David Fletcher specified Marley Eternit reinforced fibre cement sheets due to the very exposed location of the site, on top of a hill. The Anthracite colour was chosen to ensure that the building did not look stark in such a prominent location.
David said “I specify Marley Eternit sheets because of their quality and the fact that they are British made”.
Contractor Philip Hardwill said that “the biggest factor to consider when constructing the buildings was cow comfort. We used Marley Eternit trimmed sheets with a 16mm gap combined with a protected open ridge to allow the heat generated by the 300 strong herd to be able to disperse easily”.
Mark Moderski from KAM Farming is pleased with the final result: “We started milking cows in the new set-up in 2010 and haven’t looked back. The cows are quiet and are happy in the sheds and we’ve been really impressed with the consistency of temperature in the buildings.”
Mark also said: “We’ve especially noticed the difference in the cubicles, where our high yielding cows live all year round. It doesn’t feel cold in there in the winter and it’s also cool in the summer, meaning heat stress just isn’t an issue.”
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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"We’ve especially noticed the difference in the cubicles, where our high yielding cows live all year round. It doesn’t feel cold in there in the winter and it’s also cool in the summer, meaning heat stress just isn’t an issue.”