In recent years, research has shown that animals, if given a choice, would spend most of their time out on a woodchip out-wintering pad (Stand-Off Pad) as opposed to being inside in a slatted shed, where they would be inhaling stale gaseous air. With this being the case, it is important to prevent pollution occurring from animals being on the Stand-Off pad 24/7 for 3 to 4 months of the year.
Our company has worked with the Dept. Of Agriculture to design a method of constructing these pads in an Environmentally friendly way. The design incorporates a protected lining membrane at the bottom of the pad with drainage pipework buried within drainage stone on top of the liner.
To finish off the pad, there is a 300mm thick layer of woodchip material. All pollutants drain from the pad area and on into the lined slurry lagoon or other proprietary effluent tank.