On the 15th of October the loose housing stable of Co and Marion Hartman has been put into use. During the press presentation, the cows went into the barn dancing - closely watched by a large group of interested journalists and visitors.
The barn is equipped with a 'BioBodem', a climate-controlled compost bedding. This system is a combination of a biofilter and a compost bedding. The heat generated by the composting of the soil leads to a dry and comfortable bedding. The soil also functions as a biofilter, the air which is sucked through the bedding, allows the nitrogen to bind in the soil.
Cow Lounge® Cabrio
Apart from the excellent ventilation through the façades, this barn offers the possibillity to fully open the roof over the bedding. The roof rolls away like with a convertible, hence the name Cabrio. Opening the roof will take only 20 seconds. The roof is equipped with a rain sensor and if needed will close automatically. Two domes of the barn have been equipped with the Cabrio roof, the other domes have been provided with a semitranslucent roof cover, providing shade in the barn.
A unique feature of the barn is the large awning on both the front and rear façade. This gives the roof a floating appearance. The colour scheme has been chosen so the building blends in well in the landscape.
All the pictures below have been taken only 2 hours after the opening!