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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Agricultural Experiment Station

BULLETIN NO. 143

ECONOMY OF THE ROUND
DAIRY BARN

By WILBER J. FRASER

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Why More Round Barns Are not Built

In an early day when lumber was cheap, buildings were built of logs, or at least had heavy frames. Under these conditions, the rectangular barn was the one naturally used, and people have followed in the footsteps of their forefathers in continuing this form of barn. The result is that the economy and advantages of the round barn have apparently never been considered. This is because they are not obvious at first sight, and become fully apparent only after a detailed study of the construction. For these reasons, the rectangular form still continues to be built, altho it re[Pg 3]quires much more lumber. As the price of lumber has advanced so materially in recent years, the possible saving in this material is a large item, and well worth investigating.....................

 

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