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Sheep and goat milking sheds a growth area

Sheep and goat milking sheds a growth area
PHOTOS: A Don Chapman 54-bail Rotary on the Hauraki Plains near Ngatea. A 44-bail herringbone shed, feedpad, effluent system and PK Bunker at Waeranga.

Don Chapman Waikato has just started its first 70-bail internal sheep rotary near Cambridge and also has quite a bit of other enquiry coming through, says company owner Shanan White.

Although it might sound quite different from the company’s usual dairy shed builds, Don Chapman Waikato has actually built up considerable expertise in constructing goat sheds, which are similar, says Shanan.

“This has enabled us to move quite easily into the new growing market of sheep milking,” he says.Just like any good shed, with sheep the shed needs efficient airflow and to be easy to clean and maintain.

Pipe work needs to be put closer together and Don Chapman Waikato builds rails that the sheep can’t easily see through to avoid distraction keeping shed fl ow efficient. It’s little details like this, gleaned from years of experience, that make a real difference to how farmers get the job done, says Shanan.

Don Chapman Waikato also currently has a number of goat dairy shed builds underway or due to start: a 90 bail, 36 bail rapid exit and the company is also converting an existing Don Chapman cow dairy shed to be suitable for milking goats. Shanan says the surge in demand is on the back of growth of the Dairy Goat Co-operative.

Shanan says it is the good name that the Don Chapman brand has in the region that has resulted in steady demand for its services.“Don Chapman dairy parlours are the good value for money. The product has got a very good reputation as we have been designing and building dairy parlours since 1967.”

Shanan took over the business in 2014. He brings nearly two decades of building experience and has a team of highly experienced staff. Long time con-struction manager Don Fowler has been overseeing projects for the company for over 20 years and Geoff Booth leads the quantity surveying with over 16 years for the company.

Paul Rassmussen is the longest standing carpenter with over 20 years in the company and construction manager Grant Cole has likewise clocked up over two decades working for the business.

“That kind of experience is hard to beat,” says Shanan.Based in Morrinsville most of the company’s building projects are carried out in the Waikato and neighbouring areas.

The company owns all its own plant and equipment including ten vehicles, trucks and forklifts giving greater flexibility when under-taking contracts and keeping to tight time frames.There is no shortage of demand for cow dairy sheds either, says Shanan.

The company currently has a number of builds underway: a 40 bail herringbone parlour in Walton, 44 bail herringbone at Miranda with feed pad and effluent system, 40 bail herringbone at Morrinsville plus three dairy shed alterations for clients.

Don Chapman Waikato offers a range of options in rotary and herringbone parlour styles, yard layout, plant room design and pipe work configuration.

Shanan says with tightening regulations the company has also been busy with concrete works for effluent systems completing weeping walls, effluent bunkers/pumping sumps, slope screens or rotating drum separators and sand wedges/traps.

Shanan has completed a certificate in farm dairy effluent system design and management through Massey University making him the go-to for advice around this aspect of a farmer’s operation.

Don Chapman Waikato can design and construct a range of treatment options to suit the farmer’s particular requirements.Don Chapman Waikato also builds dairy yard systems, feeding pads, silage bunkers and feed, fertilizer bins and residential new homes and alterations.

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