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New Curtains Optimise Ventilation All Year Round

Blythbridge Holsteins in West Linton has just become the first farm in the UK to install Airkoe folding curtains in their dairy barns.

The Laird family milk their 500 pedigree Holsteins three times a day and their breeding programme makes them successful in show rings across Great Britain.

Airkoe System used by Blythebridge Holstein Herd

Airkoe System used by Blythebridge Holstein Herd

Alister Laird explains “Our buildings were designed for cows living out in the summer, but with the cows in all year round, we needed to improve the summer ventilation without reducing the protection in the winter.

Reducing the height of the concrete walls and replacing the Yorkshire boarding with automatic folding curtains makes the building open and airy in the summer. As the weather changes the curtains adjust automatically; fully closed and waterproof on bad days and partially open, depending on the temperature and wind direction, to make the most of better days.”

Airkoe curtains are designed by two Dutch dairy farmers who used their practical experience and engineering expertise to create a system which optimises light and ventilation, while offering full protection from the weather.

They are custom-made by Intershape to fit each individual barn, CE certified for safety and driven by a single 380 volt drive which can control up to 100m of canvas.

“I liked the design of the Airkoe system, the strength of the materials and the reassurance of a five year warranty” Colin Laird explains. “The fitting team have done a good job and I’m pleased with the way it looks.”


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