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We are building a new barn with 2 gost stalls, we were going to concrete it, but can't afford that right now. Should I gravel it or leave it dirt? :whatgoat:
 

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Mine is dirt.

I know there are a few people her that have concrete floors. I don't know if I would do that on purpose.

Yes they both have their pros and cons. I like the idea of the urine soaking into the ground and not just sitting on the cement and the goats laying in it.

But that is just me.
 

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I have a wood floor but if I could choose I would go for dirt! So much easier than wood or concrete!
 

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ok thanks, I think we will leave it dirt!
 

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Our new barn has a concrete floor it easier to clean stalls with a concrete floor, but I think dirt would be the best, it is warm in the winter and it soaks up fluid. Or you could do gravel with dirt on top that will keep the floor even drier I think.
 

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We have a slag barn. It soaks up urine and I think its fine to clean and disinfect.
 

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Thanks, we have decided to go with dirt! I will post pics once the barn is finished!
 

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I like lime. It still 'soaks up' like dirst but at the same time it gets hard like concrete and is easy to clean. When you clean it a little of the lime may come up and need a touch up every year or so but it is cheap! You can but a lot of lime for what you would pay to have it concreted.
 

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KGW Farms said:
I like lime. It still 'soaks up' like dirst but at the same time it gets hard like concrete and is easy to clean. When you clean it a little of the lime may come up and need a touch up every year or so but it is cheap! You can but a lot of lime for what you would pay to have it concreted.
That's what they have in our county 4h barn it works great. I was going to suggest the same but someone beat me to it.
 

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We use 1/4" minus granite in our pens, it seems to drain really fast and is easy to clean up. You do have to add a little each year, but it's fairly cheap. During the winter we add straw on top of it.
 

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Is it true that babies can get navel ill from dirt floors? We are looking at using either decomposed granite compacted and using rubber stall mats over or having a wood floor with stall mats.

Just curious. :whatgoat:
 

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always had dirt floors never had navel ill

not saying it wont happen but it doesnt seem to be the cause.

anything dirty (soiled straw, shavings, hay etc) can cause issues such as navel ill.
 
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