LATEST WORD IN COW BARNS
Hon Frank A. Fales of Norwood Has a Structure Just Completed With an Efficient Equipment
MODEL DAIRY, AT NORWOOD, OWNED BY HON FRANK A. FALES.
NORWOOD —Hon Frank A. Fales has just had completed for his herd of prize-winning cattle at Prospect Ridge Farm here a new dairy barn which is the last word in the housing of cows. It was thrown open to the public last week, and had many visitors from all over this section of the State.
What Mr. Fales calls just a “cow barn” is on Prospect st, alongside the stately old barn of the Fales homestead, and gives a clear idea of progress in caring for fine cattle. It is a one-story structure, of natural wood-color with red trimmings, high ventilators at each corner relieving it from the effect of seeming insignificant.
Though it will hold 50 cows, it is still too small for Mr. Fales’ splendid herd of Holsteins, which number 75, of which a third are registered stock and the rest grade.
The barn is 103 feet long by 36 feet wide. The floor is of concrete finished with a smooth surface. The cows are arranged in two rows facing a midway eight feet wide, which is elevated slightly above the floor of the stalls to allow better inspection of the cattle.
The feed and watering troughs are of concrete and shaped so the fodder will fall toward the cows when feeding. The troughs are pitched from the center of the barn toward a drain so they may be flushed with water from a series of faucets.
Separating the feed trough from the stalls is a 7-inch concrete curb. The stanchion frames are mounted on this curb and are bolted to anchors set in the concrete. The stalls are of steel and equipped with the latest lock open device and manger separators, preventing the cow’s from stealing each other’s fodder.
The stall floors are built of cork brick laid in cement on a concrete foundation. Cork has been found to be the best floor for cows to stand on. It is non-absorbent, prevents the cows from slipping, is much warmer than concrete and requires less bedding than any other floor.
The walk behind the cows is built d concrete and Is grooved to prevent the cow’s from slipping. It is finished against the walls with a sanitary base. The walls and ceilings are plastered have been finished with enamel paint.
Careful attention has been paid to lighting the barn and the windows art so arranged that the maximum amount of sunlight is admitted. The sashes ban been arranged to swing without being hinged, which allows the attendant to remove the sash for washing or repairs On each side of the windows there is a wooden windshield which prevents drafts from striking the cattle when the windows are open.
The barn is ventilated by four exhaust stacks 35 feet high and 18 fresh-air in-takes and can rightly boast of being the best-ventilated bam in Massachusetts.
The milk room is separated from the cow barn by a passage. From this passage the milk is turned into the mill room through a strainer. From the strainer the milk is conveyed over a cooler to the receiving tank. The architect is William G. Upham.