5 Big Mistakes – Cow Shed Design & Planning



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Yes, planning & designing cow shed is one of the most challenging task. Dairy farm shed is one of the critical factor for dairy success. It involves MONEY & TIME. Once constructed it’s painful to make changes. Before we start our journey into the beautiful vedic science & art of cowshed plans, let’s hear to the story of  Mr. Hari Tripathy’s experience with his cowshed construction.

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in Cow Shed Design Planning, Construction & How I lost around 4 lacs !


Hari Tripathy
Pune, May 21st

Hi, I am Hari Tripathy, from Pune. Like many others I am very passionate about dairy farming. We have an ancestral farmland on the outskirts of Pune and my late father who was an agriculturist always had the dream of creating a successful Dairy farm and used to share his dream with me since my childhood.

But due to uncertainty in agriculture and financial challenges, he was unable to fulfill his dream. He always believed that dairy farming can provide a consistent parallel source of income for our large family of 8 members.

Yes, I am the eldest. Have 3 younger brothers and 2 sisters. He always used to motivate me in exploring creation of dairy farming at our ancestral land. I am an accountant by profession & I am working in a private company since 14 years. With my savings from my earnings I finally decided to achieve the dream of starting a cowshed with 20 to 50 cows. I shared my wish of starting dairy farm by constructing cattle shed for 20 cow’s, with my family members. My brothers and sisters were very excited. But my wife Kanti had some reservations. She felt I was investing my hard earned money in an unknown field. However I convinced my wife & assured her I would be careful and not to worry.

My Cow Shed Construction at our Dairy Farm

Firstly, I spoke to few of my farm friends who were having Dairy cattle shed of 20 plus cows. But to my surprise I observed most of them were still struggling and not able to manage. I spoke to them to get some information before I start constructing my cow shed.

Most of them had invested large amount on cow shed construction and were not so happy. They felt they had lost a high amount on cattle shed construction & blamed their lack of knowledge and No experience as the main reason behind their problems. My friends suggested me few local dairy farm cow shed construction service providers.

I contacted few dairy cattle shed Construction people. I saw & discussed on lot of designs and my ambition grew to create my dream of modern cattle shed.

Finally, I shortlisted among many, Mr Atul Kulkarni. Atul Kulkarni ji was an elderly person of 65 years with good experience in construction of cattle shed and knew me well as he had known my father also. When I approached him to make a cow shed design planning and layout for my dairy farm, he appreciated my effort in making my father’s dream come true but CAUTIONED me.

Kulkarni ji, in his usual style patted my back & said,

“Only few people are able to create successful dairy farming. Knowledge & experience is critical. Never rush, start small, slow & steadily. BE careful do not invest too much in a hurry “.

Like my father, Kulkarni ji advised me saying,

“Soch Lo paisa laga Ne Se Pehle Puri Tarah Se Soch Lo Kyunki baad mein jyada kuch change nahi kar sakte”. सोच लो, पैसा लगा ने से पहले पूरी तरह से सोच लो क्युकी बाद मे ज्यादा कुछ बदल नही सकते।

He asked me to think for 15 days to one month before taking the decision to construct cattle shed. But I had already decided, I was very energetic and passionate to construct the cow shed, so I said I have already decided please help me how to go about.

Kulkarni ji informed me, he had stopped constructing dairy farm cattle sheds 4 years back because of his health problems. So, he gave contact details of other construction people and again advised me

“Beta Gay kho aaram aur Sukh se rehne ke liye simple vatavaran, achhi Jagah chahiye ise Jyada nahi. Aur isse Jyada Tum Jo Bhi Karoge ya kum karoge to problem hogi. Design complicate mat karna, Jyada kharcha mat karna aur Samajh Ke karna. Pehle Pehle Tum kam se kam 5-10 cowshed me ja ke dekh na samajhna. Gaay kaise rahti hai, uska utna-bhaitna, uska khane Peene Ka Tarika, uske bhaav ko Samjho, aur rhoz ke kaam Kaaj Mein Asani Se Hone ka design Samjho aur uske isabse Samajh Ke Dhyan se karna”.

बेटा, गाय को आराम और सुख से रहने के लिए सरल वातावरण, अच्छी जगह चाहिए इससे ज्यादा नही। ओर इससे ज्यादा तुम जो भी करोगे तो समस्या होगी। डिज़ाइन कम्प्लीकेट मत करना, ज्यादा ख़र्चा मत करना और समझ के करना। पहले पहले तुम कम से कम 5-10 गौशाला मे जाके देखना-समझना। गाय कैसे रहती है, उसका उठना-बैठना, उसके खाने-पीने का तरीका, उसके भाव को समझना। रोज़ के कामकाज मे आसानी हो एसे डिज़ाइन को समझो ओर उसके हिसाब से समझ के ध्यान से करना।

My 1st Mistake !

Dairy Farm Shed Design; I did construction in hurry

I did not visit more than 2 cowshed farms and did not make effort in observing the minute details and did not check all the needs in great attention. I was too confident, very energetic, less careful, less hardworking & gave less time in observing.

Yes, I did not follow the golden advice of Kulkarni ji. I just visited one or two cattle sheds. I had a upari upari discussion and made my observations I did not spend quality time making detail observation of cow behaviour, what gives them comfort, what makes them happy, what kind of design and construction is beneficial for the health and productivity.

I never got into the minute details which will help the daily farm labourer to do his daily routine work in a friendly, easy & cost effective way. I was too confident, made small observation and planned cowshed plan and design in a hurry. My first biggest mistake.

My 2nd Mistake !

Planning Cow Shed Layout; I  started with a bigger size cow shed

Planned for a bigger size dairy farm cow shed of 30 plus. I Should have started on a small scale, after getting more experience should have gone for increasing cattle shed area latter.

I wanted to create a model dairy farm cow shed. I was thinking more from my angle than the requirement of a cow. I selected Keshav Patel for constructing my cattle shed. Keshav Patel, was providing good quality cow shed construction around the village and had a good name. So, I approached him, briefed him about my Idea and asked for the cost.

Keshav Patel was a quick speaker and spoke with lot of confidence. He was quick action oriented but not a great planner.

Keshav Patel said,

“sir aap Pehle decide kijiye, kitne gaay 20, 30, 50…. kitni gaay ka cowshed karna chahte hai, us isabse hum aapke Saath Milke cow shed plan, design planning, material cost batadenge. sir aap Jo design Denge Uske isabse hum material options share Karenge aur jho aap select Karenge us issabse per square feet per Kitna Paisa Hoga Hum Aap Ko Bata Denge. aapko chahiye toh Hamare Paas kuch kiya hua design Hai usme kuch aap select kar Lijiye hum aapko cost Bata Denge.”

सर आप पहले तय कीजिए, कितनी गाय 20, 30, 50 …. कितनी गाय की गौशाला करना चाहते है, उस हिसाब से हम आपके साथ मिलकर गौशाला प्लान, डिज़ाइन प्लानिंग, मटीरीयल कोस्ट बता देंगे। सर आप जो डिज़ाइन देंगे उसके हिसाब से मटीरीयल ओपशन सेर करेंगे और जो आप पसंद करेंगे उस हिसाब से पर चौरस फुट पर कितना पैसा होगा हम आपको बता देंगे। आपको चाहिए तो हमारे पास कुछ की हुई डिज़ाइन है उसमे कुछ आप पसंद कर लीजिए हम आपको कीमत बटा देंगे।

My 3rd Mistake !

Cow Shed Construction Cost; Increased by 40% due to frequent changes!

Did too many changes as I didn’t have a thorough knowledge and experience of cow shed plan. Which increased cost by more than 40%.

Keshav Patel started to construct Indian cattle shed. But during construction when I observed there were lot of mistakes in our planning, had to make changes like the structure, the pillar poles, the feeding area, Flooring, Storage Area etc. This further increased my budgeted cost to more than 40%. Keshav Patel did all the changes but also charged me heavily for even the minor changes. Now the cost of cow shed construction had increased lot.

My 4th Mistake!

Cow Shed Design; It was not friendly for daily routine dairy activities

The cow shed design was as per my fancy & not friendly to my cows nor easy for  daily work of labourers.

Now after constructing the cowshed I brought my first 20 cows and introduced them into the cowshed. But to my shock, I saw lot more challenges, there was lot of confusion and difficulty. The cow shed was dark; cows became dull after a week’s time. The floor was slippery & 2 of my cows had a bad fall & had to be treated for their leg injury.

The farm labour complained about difficulty in regular maintenance like feeding, washing the floor, getting the cows into the feeling lot etc. The cow shed design were not friendly design which demanded more time and lot of effort from my dairy farm labourers. My Farm labourers Ajay and Krishna were not happy. Daily routine like cleaning the floor, feeding trough cleaning was very challenging due to faulty design.

My 5th Mistake!

Cow Shed Design;  It was not nature friendly

I did not consider & give much importance to the POWER OF NATURE. But during the seasons of SUMMER & the following MONSOON, I understood the power of Nature & it is so very critical for planning purpose.

Too much heat during summer & no shade trees close by created extreme heat around the cattle shed causing cows restless, stress, health problems & milk production dropped to almost 30% less. Added to this during monsoon the rainfall was so intense, the entire cattle shed floor was flooded with rainwater making difficult for cows to walk, slippery and created lot of health problem issues infections etc.

Wish I had listened to the fatherly advice of Kulkarni ji. Kulkarni ji words were not simple words; they were GOLDEN WORDS which I NEVER RESPECTED nor followed. I was so carried away with my energy and passionate for realising my dreams that I had created the biggest mistake… tears rolled & covered my eyes….

As I was soaked in my deep thoughts & regret, felt a warm pat on my back & whispering words in my ears….. the warm touch & words were of Kulkarni ji….. he said

“Hari, now it’s of no use in getting depressed and breaking down. Now what is crucial is correct the wrong steps. I am with you. We will re-work and fix these problems and make my old friends dream come true. Daro mat, hausla rakho…. Aaaghe badho, get wisdom…. Let’s rebuild the dream… “

Cowshed planning, designing, layout and construction is the most challenging area. It is also one of the root cause and reason behind Dairy success and failure.

Please give adequate time, gain more knowledge and experience before you start constructing your dream Dairy farm cowshed.

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  1. Harsh Vardhana Charan: September 30, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Sir very useful information . This information really encourages many other farm holder also and I am promise that i am spread this information to all the farmers I knew and also to farm holder .

    • Namaste Harsh Vardhana ji,
      KL welcomes you!
      Thanks for your appreciation. Enjoy the ancient wisdom on diary practices.
      Best wishes
      KL Team

  2. Thank you for sharing such a valuable information.

  3. Sir I am having farm land with herbs like Tulsi,Aloevera, shatawari,Amla. So how much quantity I can give to a Gir Gau Mata per day.

    • Namaste Ravi ji,
      KL welcomes you!

      Herbs are powerful supplements.

      Everyday add handful of tulsi leaves in the water bunk. This is believed to purify water and provides immunity aswell to cows.

      2.Other herbs
      Mix all of them ;chop into medium sized.
      Add 2 handful of mixed herbs into the cow feed/cow.

      Regular small qty of Herbs act as Health booster believed to help better growth, Reproductive -udder Health and increase in milk production.

      Please share your experience & observations after 10 days.

      Best wishes
      KL Team

  4. very energitic information

    • Namaste
      KL welcomes you!
      Thanks for your appreciation. Enjoy the ancient wisdom on diary practices.
      Best wishes
      KL Team

  5. very use full information sirji great job really

    • Namaste
      KL welcomes you!

      Yes, ancient wisdom on dairy farming believed in making use of the nature’s gift of Herbs for Preventive Health Care & Milk Productivity.

      KL Team

  6. Pramod Kumar Mishra: December 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Dear Sir! I have gone through your web site.I’m interested to learn about Vedic vastu of cow shed.Please let me know how it could be done.Thanks,Pramod k Mishra Bhopal 9926345868

  7. After creating this kind of shed as shown above how to save animals in winter

    • Namaste Harshit ji

      KL welcomes you!

      Dairy farms experiencing extreme winter, windbreaks in the form of warm cloth curtains/gunny rug screens & 3 side closed COW HUT, shall help cows in keeping themselves warm.

      Kindly explore KL Vedic Panchabhoot Cow Shed Program to learn more.

      Best wishes
      KL Team

  8. Dairy farming is a good business but like all other business it have there own challenges and you try to introduce it. your effort is valuable.

    • Namaste Sneha ji,

      KL welcomes you!

      Thanks for your appreciation. Enjoy the ancient wisdom on diary practices.

      Best wishes
      KL Team

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