The first step of robot barn design
Questions in Your mind?
- What kind of different investment paths could our farm have?
- Can I use my existing facilities when switching to AMS?
- Am I able to get a well functioning barn with a lower investment cost?
- Where should I locate my new barn and secure future expansion?
- Can I fix existing barns to a new use?
- What is the rough estimation of the costs of these different options?
Do you recognize yourself from this?
”Robotic milking is our thing.”
”We have an idea where we and our dairy barn would like to be after 10 years.”
”What can we do now for the next generation of farming on this site?”
What do you get from 4dBarn® Invest service?
Discussion and exploring ideas about different types of investment paths
A report with the following items:
• A management plan guideline for the new dairy farmstead
• A farmstead site plan with future expansions/concept ideas described
• Ballpark cost estimates to start a talk with lenders
A basis for future investment in AMS – 4dBarn® can hopefully help in that too!
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 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.
Antti Puuri, BS (Agr.)Antti Puuri brings strong practical expertise to the team. Growing up on a farm, Antti has gained experience on his family farm and working on various dairy farms in Finland and abroad. This varied experience has given him valuable insight into how different factors affect the efficiency of the barn and the welfare of animals and people. Antti is convinced that every barn requires an individual approach in the design...
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.
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.