State-of-the-Art Dairy Facility Trusts the Puncture Resistance and Longevity of FiberTite
Name: Homestead Dairy
Location: Plymouth, IN
For over 25 years, the founders of Global Dairy Solutions (GDS), a design build firm for dairy farms, have offered advanced design and construction services domestically and consulting services worldwide. GDS’s partners are involved in every aspect of building dairy facilities from conceptual design to turn-key development. As the paradigm has shifted in dairy farm operations, dairy cows have moved from being on the pasture to being housed inside large barns which allows for the dairyman to have greater control of his herd. Large barns consisting of a .5/12 pitch sloped sheet metal roof and powered ventilation have been the standard bearer for Low-Profile Cross-Ventilated dairy barns until GDS unveiled its patent pending Big Box Dairy® design.
Rather than the traditional .5/12 pitched roof, the Big Box Dairy design utilizes a flat, monoslope or single sloping surface, roof that serves as an important element in the overall design. A flat roof barn creates a better internal environment for airflow, cow cooling, and cow-comfort. The monoslope allows the dairyman to control precipitation runoff on the outside of the facility by providing a way to capture runoff in one central location without crossing potential waste streams where it can be reused on the farm thus adding a green element to the Big Box Dairy design.
In 2016, Homestead Dairy, located in Plymouth, IN, partnered with GDS to expand their dairy operation by investing in a new facility with state-of-the-art robotic milking technology. As part of GDS’s initiative to offer the best solution in cow housing, they sought out the best possible single-ply membrane roofing system. They looked at several different materials and were very impressed with the longevity and durability of FiberTite. With unmatched resistance to puncture and wind and lower life cycle costs compared to other roofing materials, GDS chose the FiberTite Roofing System for this installation. This was the first roofing warranty provided to any dairy barn.
“We explored the gamut of membrane roofing solutions for Big Box in a quest to provide the absolute best possible product for our customer,” said a GDS Representative. “We felt that FiberTite was far and away the best product available. Not only were we impressed with the FiberTite Roofing System, we have also been extremely happy by the world-class support and service we have received from everyone at Seaman Corporation.”
The 380,000-sq. ft. facility with 24 fully automated robotic milking machines was completed in May 2017. Homestead Dairy will be adding more robotic milking machines in 2017, which will allow them to efficiently house and milk 3,000 cows, making Homestead the largest robotic milking facility under a single roof in the world. FiberTite gives Homestead Dairy the peace of mind that their investment will be protected for many years to come.
Seaman Corporation, manufacturer of FiberTite Roofing Systems, has been a worldwide market leader of innovative, high performance coated fabrics since 1949. Using a unique, four layer technology providing puncture, UV, chemical, and ponding water resistance, FiberTite is the original Elvaloy KEE membrane with a 35+ year history of performance.
Seaman Corporation has manufacturing locations in Wooster, Ohio and Bristol, Tennessee. In addition to FiberTite, Seaman Corporation also manufacturers fabrics for more specialized markets, including military, dock seals, marine applications, pool covers, truck tarps, mower covers and others.