Cattle Shed Design & Construction
Cattle sheds will be one of the biggest investments you make in the setup of your farm. However, with the help of effective design and planning, your cattle sheds can be a cost-effective value-add to your farm. There are a lot of legislative and animal welfare specifications to follow when building your cattle sheds. These may seem like huge expenses upfront, but when you set up your cattle sheds correctly from the start your herds will reward you with their health, and in turn, higher yields. This is why it also makes sense to opt for modular designs in your cattle sheds. Action Sheds offers a range of spans and bay sizes so you can plan for the future, and add on as your operations grow responsibly.
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Cattle Shed Specifications
Your cattle sheds will need to provide safe and comfortable shelter for your livestock in cold, wet, rainy, windy and hot conditions. And yes, there are systems which can provide this shelter across all these conditions. When you start planning the design of your cattle sheds with Action Sheds, you will need to consider:
- The Positioning: Your cattle shed needs to run east to west to offer maximum protection from the sun. Cattle disperse their heat through respiration and sheltering your cattle from the direct sun can reduce their heat load by up to 50 per cent.
- Access to Water: Since cattle will opt for shelter over food and water on hot days, access to water can be separate from your cattle sheds. When the cattle are ready to drink and graze in the evenings, you need to make sure their water source is easily accessible from the shelters and large enough to cater to the whole herd. Your dairy cows will be drinking between 120 and 150 litres per day, but this can increase by up to 80 per cent on days over 35 degrees.
- Ventilation and Fans: Large fans and ventilation systems may seem costly at first, but don’t be tempted to downsize here. Smaller fans won’t ventilate the area or keep the cattle cool, so you may have paid less for the smaller fans, but you’re going to pay more in stock losses.
- Roof Height: The roof of your cattle shed should be at least 4.5 metres above the cow, to avoid the effects of radiant heat. With less than 4.5 metres of space, it is often impossible to compensate for the heat from the roof, even with fans and ventilation.
- Air Movement: It is also important that you are familiar with the conditions on your farm. The design of your cattle shed needs to take into account the possibility of dead spots in the air which aren’t reached by fans and ventilation because of the external wind direction and turbulence.
Holding Yards: Don’t forget about protection for your cattle when they are being readied for transport. If your cattle will be left in the holding yards for more than two hours they should be protected from the sun, wind and rain.
Building Quality Cattle Sheds
To build safe and profitable cattle sheds you need to work with a highly experienced, quality-driven partner. Action Sheds is a 100% Australian family owned and operated business who not only understands the needs of you and your livestock but also knows how diverse and unpredictable the Australian climate can be. With Action Sheds you’re working with a builder and designer who will never underestimate the harsh Australian conditions. This means every aspect of design, comfort and safety for your cattle will be taken care of. It also means that the structure will stand the test of time, as your cattle shed will come with a 10-year structural guarantee and a 15-year cladding warranty. So, if you’re ready to start designing and building sheds to protect and improve the yields of your cattle, contact Action Sheds now.