Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: West of the Jaw, SK
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Having the buildings all connected makes sense from a cow flow perspective (back and forth to the parlour 2-3 times a day). I could easily see how adding on here and there over the years would end up with varying levels of fire protection and building quality.
In our own case the oldest barn is from 1967, flat ceilings, all wood construction, would burn way too easy that I don't even want to think about it. We have moved most of the electrical out of the walls to surface mounted conduits to mitigate some of the risk.
Next oldest would be the parlour and bulk tank building with offices and change rooms from 97. More concrete and steel here, still lots of wood framing too, floor heat only, still a fair amount of in wall wiring, any extra work has been surface mounted.
"New" barn is from 2010, all concrete walls with integrated foam insulation, wood truss rafters. Honestly, if we would have a fire, it'd spread through the rafters and you'd only have half a chance to move cows out before all the plastic smoke got to be too much.
All in all, yeah, fire breaks in key areas make a ton of sense, but I honestly don't know what's required or not. A horrible situation to hear about either way, some of the pictures look like it was an absolutely raging fire late at night. No fun and very tragic, my sincere condolences to anyone affected. I have heard many times about cows wanting to go back in to a burning or smoky building when under stress and fear, apparently it can be quite a challenge to get cows to respond to new people in a crazy stressful situation like that.
Last edited by caroncrest; 08-13-2019 at 03:43 PM.