Robot Barn Design
4dBarn® Designed is a company-specific, comprehensive training program for the robot barn design and calf or heifer barn work routines and animal husbandry practices.
Installing a milking robot also means new working routines in the barn. Improving your dairy skills for the new robot barn is as important as the barn itself. In our training program we coach you for the working routines of the new barn already during the design phase.
For progressive dairy farmers
Everyone who invests in a dairy barn needs more than just a layout. We have found that new buildings alone are not enough. Many times a farmers are dissatisfied with the results and the investment does not meet the expectations. It is important that work routines can be adapted to the new robot barn.
Our 12-16 week 4dBarn® Designed training program includes sparring with our experienced experts. The needs and wishes of your dairy farm are the starting point in everything, and coaching immediately catches up with problem areas and opportunities.
4dBarn® Designed is a design process that gives you not only a layout but also the opportunity to innovate and improve your management and business.
High performance in a robot barn
Efficient routine work: 6 h 20 min / day is enough for milkers in the barn of three robots!
More milk: Up to + 10 kg / day / cow!What our customers say:
"Such incredible success would not be possible without good planning, so thank you for that!"
"We are so grateful that you were the one involved in this project."
"Thanks to 4dBarn for the great coaching!"
We will coach you and your new barn in the top mood!
Take advantage of the extensive knowledge and experience of the 4dBarn® team!
Finally somebody thinks in a new way! Design starts with essential: working in a barn. If I want to be a milk producer in the future, working in the barn must be as efficient as possible. 4dBarn® designs in the right way, labour is a very big part of milk production cost. 4dBarn® Designed 2 robotsNiclas SjöskogPietarsaari, Finland
An implement plan is very good, it really forces You to think through the whole working processes. 4dBarn® advisers are open for critics and comments and are willing to look for alternative options. 4dBarn® has a worldwide knowledge in robot barn design. 4dBarn® Designed 3 robotsJos and Suzanna LanckohrBjuråker, Sweden
Everything worked smoothly even though there was an ocean between us and 4dBarn®’s headquarters. I am most satisfied with 4dBarn®’s attention to detail. They are also really responsive to e-mails and they always work timely. We did not have to wait at any point. 4dBarn® Designed 3 robotsAllen DornackerDornacker Prairie Acres / West Bend, Wisconsin, USA
The design process was smooth and the result is really good. The individual needs of the farm are taken into account in 4dBarn®’s activities. Our new barn surely pays itself back via saved time and increased wellbeing of the animals. I have also recommended 4dBarn® to my acquaintances. 4dBarn® Designed 1 robotRiikka and Mika PeltolaHaarajoki, Finland
We used 4dBarn®’s design services. Communicating with 4dBarn® has been easy and we have been able to ponder together questions that have arisen after the barn was taken into use. In our opinion, the company has a lot to offer for ranches both in Finland and abroad. We believe 4dBarn®’s services are quite unique in the world. 4dBarn® Designed 4 robotsJanne and Paula KokkonenSiilinjärvi, Finland
We chose to collaborate with 4dBarn® because we had heard about the positive experiences of their other customers. Hearing those stories built trust in the company. Their team is specialized in functional barn design, which was what we needed. In addition, our hopes were taken into account in the design process. 4dBarn® Designed 2 robotsAnders Johansson and Sonja Ek-JohanssonParainen, Finland
Jouni Pitkäranta, ArchitectJouni Pitkäranta has vast experience in barn design since 1987 when he was 15 y old. Before 4dBarn he has run his own barn design and architecture office Cowhomes. Jouni Pitkäranta is specialized in robotic milking barn, youngstock, and calf barn design. He has designed about 700 dairy facilities in total mostly in Finland, but also in Japan, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Lithuania, Holland and Germany.
Marjo Posio M.Sc.(Agr.)Marjo Posio is a dairy management expert and her core expertise are calves. Marjo has strong practical experience from dairy barns, large scale calf barn and AMS barn troubleshooting. Since graduation in 2009, she has worked as a project manager and advisor. She is highly skilled in customer service. Digital tools and services are her great interest.
Virpi Kurkela, DVMVirpi Kurkela's professional interest is focused on the health and welfare of dairy cows in robotic milking and herd health management. At 4dBarn, her role is to apply a veterinary perspective to issues related to dairy herd housing and biosecurity. She is also a highly experienced and inspiring speaker.
Virpi Huotari, M.Sc.(Agr.)Virpi Huotari is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry and consulting. Strong business development professional is skilled in coaching, entrepreneurship, and strategy. Her specialties are leadership on the farm and LEAN, human resources and coaching managers and employees.
Nahoko Kanai, DVMNahoko Kanai has worked in her veterinary career with large animals as a practicing vet. She has a extensive knowledge of nutrition management and herd health in Japanese dairy farms. As a part of the 4dBarn team, her goal is to deliver the most up-to-date information from the world to the Japanese Dairy industry. Dr Kanai is responsible of customer service, marketing and selling in Japan.
Miho Tabata, DVMAfter devoting herself to small animal science and related business,Miho Tabata entered the dairy world and started her career as a translator, taking the opportunity of moving into Hokkaido, a major dairy area in Japan. Her current interest lies in the whole dairy business. Dr Tabata is responsible of Japanese translations in all materials.
David W Kammel PhDAn Emeritus Professor is helping dairy farms with farmstead planning, cooling and management of large scale parlor barns. Kammel received his doctorate in 1985 and he worked in the area of dairy and livestock housing design and management with thousands of dairy farms in Wisconsin, the USA and internationally. He made his career as the State Extension livestock specialist in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin.
Address: Isokatu 16 B 11. 90100 Oulu, Finland
David W Kammel, Madison, WI
Tel. +1 608 212-9901
Dr. Nahoko Kanai, Hokkaido, Japan