When it comes to picking the right spot on your dairy to place a new free-stall barn, a number of factors must be considered, says Curt Gooch, extension ag engineer at Cornell University. Although orientation to the sun is important — north/south, east/west or somewhere in between — it is just one of the variables that must be considered for your specific location in order to make the best decision for the cows.

In addition, you also must consider:

  • Topography of the surrounding area.
  • Existing structures, if any.
  • Room for expansion potential.
  • Prevailing wind direction at your location.