Buildings of the Year

Chris Kooiman, MPB Builders — First Place
Built for Hoewisch Homestead Dairy, LLC, this building will be used to raise replacement dairy heifers for the producer’s dairy operation. The young heifer section of the facility is constructed to allow better ventilation and bird control. The sloped roof allows for good southern exposure and proper clearance for the feed equipment that will feed the groups on the south feed rail. The cost of building this heifer facility was kept down by building it out of post-frame materials.

L.R. Zimmerman Construction LLC — Second Place
The Backhaus Acres LLC dairy cow housing facility helps keep cows dry and comfortable year-round for maximum production. It features a computer room to enter individual cow data, plus a wash bay to clean and dry newborn calves. The holding area features a heated hoof care and surgery room, making a comfortable area for working on animals.

Morton Buildings, Inc. — Third Place
This open-sided livestock shelter for beef cattle was designed with animal safety and health in mind. The customer selected a post-frame building for the ease of construction, strength of the structure, and the design fit their use and needs perfectly. Additional storage space provided by the lean-to gives them space for hay and feed. With the sliding doors on each end and the 14-foot headroom, they can drive equipment or loaded hay wagons straight through the building

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