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    Default Building a small dairy barn

    I canít say how long the idea has been in my head... Longer then I can remember for sure. I can say with certainty that I got serious about planning for a small dairy 12 years ago. At that time I still had 12 years left in the military, so that meant I had lots of time to plan.

    10 years ago, we bought our farm. Or at least the field of oats that was to become our farm. On leave and in between military assignments we built it up to what it is today. A nice house to live in, a shop and machine shed, fences and driveways, and a vintage Aermotor windmill that can actually pump water. If the wind blows, that is...

    Weíve done all of this on our own... paying as we go. We got four Jersey heifer calves over a year ago, with plans to have them freshen this upcoming Spring. Our Jersey girls have gotten by thus far with the temporary lodging facilities we have afforded them, but itís time to build a barn.

    The barn is a big piece of the puzzle. Right?!? As mentioned, up until now, weíve done everything on our own. But, for the barn, we needed help. For many, it may be considered a paltry sum. But itís a big deal to us! The loan has been approved and the papers have been signed. We are eager to break ground!

    I thought it might be fun to share our progress here on Dairy Forums. Not much to share at this exact moment, but I plan to update this thread as we make progress. Only site work that has been done thus far is that I mowed the site really short, scraped up the excess vegetation, and driven an orange stake into each corner. Hopefully the excavator can get out here next week and scrape the topsoil and dig some trenches so we can start running power and water.

    Stay tuned!

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    What kind of barn are you building?

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    Default Style of building

    What kind of barn are you building?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickinbull View Post
    What kind of barn are you building?
    Itís going to be a western style barn, done with pole construction and trusses. There will be a center section that will have hay storage and space for a bedded pack, and then lean-tos off each side. One side will have a feed/harness/work room and some box stalls. The other lean-to will have the milking parlor, milkhouse, and processing room.

    Lately, Iíve been working in the dirt. The topsoil has been scraped and I have a trench in for water and power. I put in solid corrugated drain pipe and then thread my waterlines through that. Iím using pex and if I ever have to replace it I can just pull a new line through without having to dig anything up. I just got the electrical conduit in and inspected by the state, but havenít had a chance to get it back-filled yet since I had to leave for other duties. In a few weeks the building materials show up and then construction will begin in earnest.

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    The first video in a series we intend to make about building our small dairy barn:

    https://youtu.be/LxuwhGLr1DQ

    Enjoy! And stay tuned!

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    Video #2 on building our small dairy barn!

    https://youtu.be/VnudQkmXHHE

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    This is awesome. Beautiful farm too. Thanks for sharing.
    John Osthus
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    Quote Originally Posted by administrator View Post
    This is awesome. Beautiful farm too. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you! We really love where we live, and feel blessed to have found the farm that we did.

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    Video number three! All about concrete!

    https://youtu.be/pIemHlforiA

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    We had planned to raise the trusses today, but Mother Nature had different plans. Rain! Out of an abundance of caution, we decided not to raise the roof today. Itíll be a few weeks before Iím back on the farm, but better safe than sorry!

    Hereís a picture of our progress before it started pouring!

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    The roof has been raised!

    Update video #4:

    https://youtu.be/xnccIR4egIM

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    The concrete for the dairy is done. The milking parlor pit sure makes it seem like a dairy barn now! Before, it could have been anything! Got some metal on some roofs too!

    Enjoy the next video!

    https://youtu.be/RIJJ0a9Ss8Y

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    Still plugging away at the barn. Here?s a recent photo to hold folks over until the next video!

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    Here is our latest video:

    https://youtu.be/pEJ28LUYECA

    It?s a good thing we got the roof on, as winter is coming!

    Here is the bucolic scene that greeted us this morning!

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    The barn isn?t quite done, but it?s ?done enough? to move the cows in and give them some proper shelter as the weather turns. So, yesterday was ?mooving day?! HaHa!Name:  BFB13354-FFEC-46B9-A5FF-03D56B9EBE5C.jpg
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    The latest video!

    https://youtu.be/Leh7J9udf_k

    It is starting to look like a barn! Enjoy!

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    Here is the latest installment to our dairy barn building video!

    https://youtu.be/FOaS2bcvTxY

    We got the windows in and the metal up around the dairy. Next step: Doors to get the rest of the barn enclosed!

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    Our video on the building the doors is live! The doors sure make it nice inside the barn. No more winter winds whipping through. With the barn essentially closed in, now we?re going to focus on the milking parlor, milkhouse, and creamery. Stay tuned!

    Doors video: https://youtu.be/6cF3ye5itDc

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    In the latest video, we have partitioned off the dairy from the rest of the barn. So now, the focus will be on finishing out the milking parlor, milkhouse, and creamery! Stay tuned!

    https://youtu.be/p0NqLYl9QEw

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    Making good progress on the dairy! After framing in the walls, you can really get a sense of the space! Plus, we had the monumental occasion of moving in the bulk tank! Check it out on our latest video!

    YouTube video: https://youtu.be/QEw3dVN1TKw

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