Farms may be struggling to rear their calves in the existing farm buildings. The existing shed may be over stocked due to increased production, sometimes the climatic conditions are tricky. This may lead to problems with calf husbandry.
The veranda is a well designed mobile group pen with a roof. It is the most popular product to be used in conjunction with a Calf Igloo. The calves lie in the Igloo to escape from the draught and as they get older they progressively spend an increasing proportion of their time loafing in the veranda. Fresh air, shelter, and shade, coupled with a cosy draught free bed.
In the UK planning permission is not normally needed for mobile structures, and its often seen as a ‘quick fix’ for farmers who need to accommodate a lot of calves quickly through unforeseen circumstances.
Each veranda accommodates up to 15 calves and each age group can be housed separate from the next. This flexibility in management helps to prevent disease spreading between different age groups. The design (including a drop down chain gate) makes mucking out easy as calves can remain in situ while the pen is cleaned out with a loader. Moving to a clean location reduces bacterial challenge.
Verandas are well tried, tested and trusted, all over Europe, even in severe weather conditions. Straw dries quickly in the fresh air. When used in combination with the Calf Igloo it offers clean air, shelter and freedom from draughts.
We recommend a location away from adult stock. In very exposed areas a ‘storm protection’ kit is an optional extra. It is recommended to place verandas away from other buildings as wind can cause turbulence.
14 (2x7) Individual locking yokes are provided as standard.
The position of the feed fence can be adapted. Front and side segments are interchangeable.
A Stainless steel trough is an optional extra.
Teated bucket supports can be arranged at calf head height, or at trough height in a ring holder.
‘We chose Calf Igloos for our heifer calves because we were looking for a flexible system rather than a purpose built shed. The airflow in the Igloos gives a natural healthy environment.In the last 2 years we haven’t had any pneumonia while the calves were using the igloos.We are very happy with the system.’
Longden Manor Farms