Illustration of plank framing in barn, from the 40th annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen’s Association, 1911.
At the 1911 convention of the Wisconsin Dairymen’s Association, W. D. James of Fort Atkinson advocated a scientific approach to barn construction, emphasizing the importance of good sanitation and ventilation. The published annual report includes diagrams of model barns with ideal dimensions for doors, windows and stalls.
In planning the dairy barn, the important things to be considered are cleanliness, cow comfort and cow health, and convenience in caring for the cows … the one thing always to be kept in mind is the fact that the barn is a place where human food is manufactured.
via: History of Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Life by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections