The project is a new 1200m2 Dry Cow House, which was constructed on a brownfield site for the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, CAFRE, at their Greenmount Campus, Antrim, carried out by E Quinn Civils Ltd. 

This building is a single storey agricultural building, constructed as a steel braced portal frame off traditional pad and strip concrete foundation.  The roof is clad with fibre cement and translucent sheeting.  The elevations are constructed in rendered masonry to the specified height and finished to roof along the gables in proprietary box profiled un-insulated single skin sheeting and with timber spaced boarding along the side elevations.  Timber purlins and side rails were used.  The ventilation and lighting systems were designed to optimise cattle health and productivity. The floor incorporate ducts, steps and channels to facilitate cow cubicles, feed passages, slurry management, and footbaths. Floor finishes were designed to maximise animal welfare.

This building provides for the day-to-day management of approximately 80 cattle. Feed barriers separate the feed passage from the cow accommodation area.  The cow accommodation area has 2 rows of free-stall design cubicles and includes footbaths, water troughs and drinking water supplies. The building incorporates a gate system for the management of cattle movement and cow restraint.

This building is naturally ventilated and includes a slurry management system incorporating ammonia emission reduction technologies. This includes the provision of automated finger floor scrapers which push cattle waste over specialised precast concrete flooring into an underground reinforced concrete pit location externally, from where it will be pumped to existing aboveground storage tanks.

Rainwater harvesting Facilities including storage and distribution unit. Access to the building via uPVC personnel doors and as well as large roller shutters doors to facilitate agricultural plant.

E Quinn Civils Ltd worked with the Considerate Constructors Scheme on this project. This scheme outlines Codes of Considerate Practice which was implemented during the construction process. This involved the consideration to neighbours around the New Dry Cow House, as well as respectful, environmentally conscious, responsible, accountable and taking into consideration appearance and safety.

Cafre Greenmount Dairy Centre New Dry Cow House