Marjo Posio and Virpi Kurkela wrote this article to describe the labor-saving features that should be in a new calf barn design. 4dBarn data collected on caring for calves shows a large variation of 2-12 minutes per calf per day. The design of a calf barn is not only for the calves, but also integrates the needs of the workers to be efficient in caring for calves in a sheltered environment that does not compromise calf health. Using equipment, technology, and calf barn designs that allow tasks and routines to be easily done can save time and costs to raise calves.
Design your calf barn with time in mind (Posio & Kurkela), Hoard´s Dairyman 5/2018