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Freestalls in a Robot Barn Intro

This is the first module of freestall in robot barn eCourse and it is free of charge!

In intro, you will see what this great course includes and learn why the choice of freestall is one of the most important in the whole barn.

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Introduction to the Freestall in a Robot Barn -course

The decision about freestalls is one of most important ones to make in your barn with robotic milking. In this free module you can see why and learn what the biggest risk is.


Make the right decision for you and your cows

The important aspects of freestall decision making are highlighted in this free module.


Avoid the most common risk

It is essential to avoid the most common risk associated with freestalls to ensure normal resting behaviour for your cows.


The six important elements and dimensions

With these you can create your cows a separate, cleans space to lie down.

Course Schedule

The 4dBarn Freestalls in a Robot Barn -course is an easy and interesting way to learn! The course consists of 8 compact modules and takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. However, thanks to the structure, you can also split the training into several sessions according to your own schedule. If you wish, you can take the course or individual modules unlimited times to review and reflect yon what you have learned.


Freestalls course will provide you with up-to date information about freestall dimensions, bedding choises and working routines. There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the structures, bedding, and management of freestalls but this course will help you make informed choices.

  • 5 min


    Find out what Freestalls course has to offer! This module is available free of charge.

  • 10 min


    Learn why resting behavior is so crucial for a cow and how to test if your stalls are comfortable.

  • 10 min

    Resting surface

    In this module you learn the key features of different resting surface options and what kind of different bedding choices you have.

  • 10 min

    Space and dimensions

    In this module you will learn, why it’s important to know your herd’s cow size and what are the most important stall dimensions.

  • 15 min


    Module describes examples of bedding strategies and effective working routines

  • 5 min


    Look into the five common risks related to freestalls and learn how to avoid them.

  • 15 min


    Find out what kind of experiences four Finnish farmers have from freestalls and beddings

  • 10 min

    My Choices

    In the last module it’s time to think about what kind of stalls you want to have in your robot barn.



Virpi Kurkela, DVM

The freestall is a small spot in your barn, but it is the one that your cow values highest!

In a robot barn cows most important tasks are these: eat, go to milking and rest! Those simple tasks ensure good milk production and health.


For a cow to rest comfortably and for long enough, the freestall must be carefully thought out. 

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a solid information for the basis of your decisions about freestall structures, sizing and management.

We also added comments and experiences from dairy famers, who are successful with their freestall management.

Come and join us to ensure your cows good rest!


The eCourse's interactive and functional approach will help you to learn.

The eCourse included thought-provoking questions and observations.

A lot of new things came up that I hadn't even thought of before.

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FINLAND Contact:



Address: Isokatu 16 B 11. 90100 Oulu, Finland

USA Contact: 

David W Kammel, Madison, WI

Tel. +1 608 212-9901

JAPAN Contacts: 

Dr. Nahoko Kanai, Hokkaido, Japan