Quoting Equipment Design

We here at VAL-CO pride ourselves on providing farmers with the highest quality of products and services. We have a variety of products for every kind of barn, and it’s all supported by our tech support and quoting departments. Whether you’re looking to set up a new barn from the ground up or retrofit an existing barn, we need some specific information to make sure you have the best equipment for the job.

First and foremost, we’d like to know who you are; it’s the first steppingstone in building a long-lasting relationship. The location of where you plan to build a barn is important. Geographic location affects many factors when designing the optimal barn. It tells us what climate your barn will be in, which determines your ventilation, feeding, watering and brooding recommendations. Electric requirements are also necessary since they differ all over the world. Phase type, voltage, and frequency (as well as the presence of a generator) will determine fans motor sizes and winching requirements.

If growing poultry, each bird type calls for a different barn design. Breeders, layers, broilers or pullets? Are they brown birds or white birds? The specific stocking density helps to accurately design your facility. Each breed has its own unique growing requirements – such as the average amount of feed or water they can consume, or the preferred temperature range during different growth periods – and all these things will affect the equipment used inside and out. More birds need more feeders, and more feed bins, and a certain type of auger.

Barn dimensions, barn layouts, and construction materials will drastically affect the way we quote your optimal equipment set up. The dimensions of the barn decide the number of feeding and watering lines; the type, size, and quantity of fans that will be used; the amount of inlets that are needed to supply fresh air; the number of heaters – brooders or tube heat – that are used during brooding; and the length of cool cell pads.

Roof and ceiling layout, whether you are building open clean span, closed flat roof or some other design, they all ventilate differently. An open clean span barn is cheapest to build because it uses the fewest materials, however, it leaves a lot of open air and unused space. Barns built this way will require more fan power, and consequently more fans, to move all that air. A closed flat roof design – a barn with a drop ceiling and an attic area – is more expensive to build due to the added cost in labor and materials but will ventilate better with fewer fans. It provides better winter and summer insulation in the bird area and improves the efficacy of supplemental heating and cooling systems so many farms use today.

The construction materials play a role in spacing and insulation. A wood frame or steel frame build will require different winching spacing. A curtain sided barn doesn’t insulate well and will allow for more temperature fluctuation. A dirt floor may be sloped and would require the watering lines to have extra regulators to control the water pressure evenly throughout the barn.

Every farm is unique. Knowing as much information as possible about the intended barn size, location, climate, site plan, and design will help us to create the best possible equipment solution for yours.

 

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