The term motel free stalls describes a milking cow housing system that utilizes roof area which protects only the free stalls. Alleys are only partially protected by the roof overhang. This system provides little protection from extreme temperatures but can provide some summer protection if properly constructed. Motel free stall systems reduce the initial cost of constructing lactating cow housing. Motel free stall system described in this paper should be used with caution in climatic regions colder than Kentucky because of limited protection from extreme cold temperatures. This paper describes the application of motel free stall housing systems and a dairy operation that utilizes them.
Fehr, Robert L. and Crist, William L., "A Dairy Cow Housing System Featuring Motel Free Stalls" (1983). Agricultural Engineering Extension Updates. 54.