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Old Jan 17th 2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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We have decided to build a whole new building and inside it would be our handling facility, fawn feeding area and on one end of the building we would like to have a "feed room" of sorts.

The feed room would include a mixer and whatever storage bins or shelves are needed to store all the feed ingredients.

I am wondering if anyone who has such a setup would share some pictures, video, or plans and advice for such a project.

We are located in WI so winter is a factor with snow and cold temps.

Also we intend to mix apprx 1000LBS per week to week and a half.

We are small in animal numbers.

Thanks in advance,

Roger
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Old Jan 17th 2010, 05:09 PM   #2
 
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
One of the best set ups I have seen was several years ago at a farm that is no longer in business due to the death of the owner. The handling facility surrounded the fawn pens and the feed room was on one end of the building. Out from the feed room was a drop shed under which there was a gehl hammer mill/mixer. There was a door through the wall from the shed to the feed room where there was a hopper located inside. A small conveyor belt and metal chute allowed the feed from the mill to be transferred into the bin inside regardless of whether it came out of the tube from mixer or straight off of the hammer mill itself. The mill/mixer was chocked in place and when used a tractor would be backed to it and the PTO hooked up to the mill for power. What his did was to keep the "mechanical" portion of the mixer and mill outside of the feed storage area thus eliminating contamination and mess from lubricating fluids, rats in the mill, etc. I will try to draw a sketch of the place and get it to you in an email to better describe what I remember.
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Old Jan 17th 2010, 06:25 PM   #3
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  Burlington, West Virginia

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Scott could you post the sketch on here for all to see? Thanks, Allen
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Old Jan 18th 2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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I actually have a question for construction people.

What building designs could I use to limit animal issues into the feed room? I am thinking about a concrete floor and then the walls up apprx 2 feet. Then stud walls from there up. Would this added cost be of help for animals, or just a waste of money?

How about doorways?

Maybe my questions seem basic but I am asking to see if there are things I am not aware of.
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Old Jan 18th 2010, 12:20 PM   #5
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Roger, It will cost you more up front but with 20+ yrs in the concrtuction business i can tell you in my opion it will be money well spent the conrete wall you talked about will prove to be more durable than metal ,wood,chip board or about anything else. I think you will find that out when sweeping up,washing the floor, stacking bulk sacks of materials for feed mixing against it,No rusting,chipping,smashed or dented up metal!

You'r on the right track alittle thought at this stage will be a time and money saver in the long run. Good Luck I think you will find this type of setupwill be a great addition to your farm.
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Old Jan 18th 2010, 05:26 PM   #6
 
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
Here is an idea we use in the south. A company called Carolina Carports makes all metal sheds. Most of the ones you see are the kind that have no sides, but they can be purchased with metal sides all the way to the ground. These make excellent feeding stations inside the enclosures and are actually movable if need be. If you want to you can pour a slab before they are erected. The most common size is 18'X21' and wall height can be varied from 5' to 12' tall. This makes it easy to mount strattling a cross fence so you have 2 stations from one shed.
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Old Jan 18th 2010, 05:32 PM   #7
 
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
3068:layout 2.doc]I hope this works post the sketch.
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Old Jan 18th 2010, 05:36 PM   #8
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Great layout Scott. Thanks for sharing, Allen
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