cattle shade structures

Understanding The Needs of the Customer

At Polytex Tarpaulins, we understand the needs of diverse types of consumers across the country. We know that people in the industrial or manufacturing sector will require strong and durable tarps for keeping their machinery and equipment safe. We also know that some business owners would require tarps that can serve as effective factory dividers or curtains. This is useful when you want to create partitions in a large space.

Similarly, in the agricultural sector, we know that farmers will need weatherproof and sturdy tarps. Some farmers will use these tarps as cattle shade structures or poultry curtains. Others will want these tarps to protect their grain and hay. To meet the diverse requirements of all these consumer profiles, Polytex Tarpaulins specialises in producing versatile, tough and long-lasting tarps. This enables you to use the tarps you obtain from us in a diverse range of ways.

As mentioned earlier, not all farmers have the wherewithal to construct permanent onsite storage facilities. Having these facilities onsite can be undoubtedly beneficial. But, permanent onsite storage facilities have certain drawbacks as well. Investing in permanent facilities such as hay sheds will require loads of money. More importantly, it might take several years for you to realise those savings.

Similarly, many farmers rotate the crops they grow in their fields. As such, what might be a convenient location for your permanent facility at present might be an impediment in the years to come. As land use changes, you might require storage facilities at different spots in your fields. Clearly, you will not be able to keep constructing multiple storage facilities all over your field. Some farmers find themselves dealing with short harvest windows. In such a scenario, purchasing permanent storage facilities can be quite challenging. For these reasons, farmers often look at using bunker tarps for securing their grain.

Quality Tarps For All Purposes

Tarps typically come into use in cattle shade structures and poultry curtains. But, they are useful for covering vehicles and, in trucks, the cargo too. Securing a tarp around the cargo is quite easy in a pickup truck. But, securing the tarp around the load in dump and flatbed trucks can be a trickier proposition. While plying on the roads, loosely fitted tarps could experience wind whip. This phenomenon refers to the ballooning of the tarp because of the air pressure. Invariably, wind whip will result in tearing the tarp, which could lead to the loss of cargo.

Polytex is a major supplier of tarps for use as pig shelters and other shelter covers. But, we specialise in manufacturing custom made trucking and machinery covers too. From trucking rollovers to covers for equipment and machinery, we manufacture it all. In fact, we specialise in producing bulk runs of specific types of tarps. We use cutting edge computerised equipment for drawing, nesting, plotting and cutting tarps. This enables us to provide tarps of accurate dimensions without compromising on their quality.

In addition, we use unique welding machinery as well. This helps us to produce tarps with completely welded seams, reinforcement wear strips, welded sleeves and welded rope edges. Not surprisingly, our completely welded PVC tarps and protection products have won us renown throughout the country. Whether you’re looking for hay or bunker tarps, you will hardly be able to find tarps that can measure up to our exacting standards from other suppliers.

Choosing Truck Tarps Are Customisable and Low Maintenance

One of the reasons why many companies with trucks prefer the use of truck tarps is because it can be customised, not only to fit their trucks, but also that it may serve as a marketing and promotion medium. This does not just apply to truck tarps, but to any other types of tarps like those used as cattle shade structures and others. As with any other kind of tarpaulin, truck owners and companies can have their business names and logos printed on the truck tarp. Aside from those things, businesses can also have a variety of graphics and other visual elements printed on the tarp to further improve their marketing campaigns. For instance, they can advertise whatever cargo is being transported during that time. Along this line, if the company decides to change their marketing strategy, they simply need to have a tarp printed with the new marketing material. For cargo companies, this is an excellent method to advertise their company name and telephone number or website in order to gain more patrons.

What you need to remember though is that if you decide to go along this route, you’re going to need the help of a professional graphic artist and printer so your design comes off professionally and attractively.

When it comes to maintenance, truck tarps are much easier to maintain when compared to standard metal containers. This is actually true many other types of tarpaulins like those used for poultry curtains and others, where a simple rag and some water is enough to get rid of dirt and debris. In the case of metal containers, truck owners and drivers need to worry about lubricating the joints and slides to ensure that they function properly every time. Such maintenance processes must be done regularly, otherwise the container system will start to malfunction and fail. When truck tarps do get damaged, the replacement is not only easy but also more cost-effective.

Tarps Tailored to Suit a Myriad of Requirements and Applications

At Polytex Tarpaulins, the quality of our products has contributed immeasurably to our reputation. Our products offer immense versatility. You could use our tarps as poultry curtains. Or, you could use them as truck tarps to keep your cargo and goods safe. But, in some cases, you will require tarps tailored to suit your measurements and requirements. This is where it makes perfect sense to shop with us.

Not only do we have an extensive experience in manufacturing tarps of all kinds of materials and sizes. We specialise in fabricating long, large covers and bulk production runs too. It is worth highlighting that we can manufacture over 15,000 square metres of tarps per day. In addition, we have immense experience in producing tarps suitable for use as cattle shade structures or dam liners. Above all, we can give you the guidance you seek when manufacturing custom tarps. Thus, you can rest assured about getting the best value for your money each time you place your order with us.

Readymade tarps are undoubtedly easy to find. Purchasing them can be even simpler. Depending on your requirements, you could use these tarps as shelter covers for various mining, military, agricultural or industrial purposes. But, you might not always have a situation where a one-size-fits-all approach will work. In such situations, you will need to shop for custom tarps. Custom tarps typically offer higher levels of customisation, tailored to suit your needs perfectly. In addition, they will offer better coverage than readymade tarps as well

Create Effective Compartments with Polytarps

Commercial factories and warehouses abound throughout Australia. In many cases, these facilities carry out their operations on expansive tracts of land. This is essential because these establishments typically carry out a diverse range of activities. For instance, factories will have people engaged in fieldwork or working in cattle shade structures. They will have people in desk-based jobs as well. Both sets of workers will require different environments. For this, they will naturally work in different buildings. In case certain departments require secluded workspaces, the business owners will partition areas with the help of tarpaulins.

However, in some cases, factory and industry owners will have large plants or warehouses on their properties. Not all of them will be making optimal use of the space available. As such, it is more than likely that large sections or areas in these facilities will lie vacant. As and when required, the factory owners will be able to use these vacant spaces. But, in some cases, they might require creating physical barriers in these vacant spaces. For this, they will not even think of creating permanent structures. Instead, they will prefer relying on polyethylene tarpaulins (or polytarps) for using as poultry curtains or curtain dividers.

For several years, Polytex Tarpaulins has been the supplier of choice when it comes to tarpaulins. Our tarpaulins come into use in a myriad of ways. This is why people in the industrial, mining and agricultural sectors rely on our products at all times. Some farmers utilise our tarps as livestock shade structures for keeping their animals safe. Others keep their agricultural produce safe by using them as bunker tarps. This attests to the versatility of our diverse range of products.

Shade Structures: A Final Word

Live load, or those brief temporary loads that is caused by someone or something atop the cattle shade structures and thus putting weight and stress on it. In a solid roofed structure, these live loads are often caused by humans standing on top of the roof probably fixing something. In the case of shade fabric structures, these live loads may be caused by water that has pooled onto the centre of the shade fabric after a light rain or falling branches from nearby trees. In the case of water log, shade cloths are often design with mesh and holes to allow the water to disperse and thus avoid pooling. However, it sometimes happens that these holes become clogged and thereby prevents the water from falling off.

There may be other things that can cause undue stress on your cattle shade structures and the shade fabric that you used, but the three kinds of load mentioned above are the most common issues that owners of cattle shade structures usually encounter. However, as can be gleaned from the above paragraphs, these issues can be remedied using the proper materials and correct installation. This is why while building your cattle shade structures (or any other livestock shade structure like pig shelters and others), you may want to consult an engineer or a professional builder to help you out. Doing so may cause you to spend more money than what you originally intended to spend, but the investment will definitely be worth it.

If you are looking for quality tarps and shades for you cattle shade structures, poultry curtains, or shade cloths and fabrics for your hay tarps or bunker tarps, please feel free to get in touch with us at 1300 059 003 or leave a message in our contact page for all your enquiries. We have a wide range of high quality tarps and products that make for excellent factory dividers, grain bunker tarps, and other uses.

Things to Be Wary about with Cattle Shade Structures

If you are keen to building a cattle shade structure, then you should also be aware of the different things that may affect their durability and performance. Outlined below are some of the most common factors that can have a negative impact on the longevity and proper function of many cattle shade structures.

Wind load refers to the stress that the wind can effect on cattle shade structures and many other agricultural or industrial structure that makes use of a tensioned shade. Moderate to strong winds can blow through the shade structure and as it does it can cause some rippling effect or waves that cause the fabric to flap or billow. During this process, the wind forces the fabric material to endure unbalanced forces that may cause the premature failure of the shade fabric and the other components of cattle shade structures. The best way to deal with this issue is to ensure that the fabric is tensioned well into the post.

Horizontal winds, or those that blow in an upward direction, can also have an effect on the shade fabric, or what is sometimes referred to as ‘lift’ and causes the same damage to the shade fabric as those mentioned earlier. To keep this from happening, the fabric of the cattle shade structures should be properly angled to avoid ripping and enduring any damage.

There is also this thing called the dead load, which is basically the weight of the structure and the effect of gravity on it. In this case, the whole weight of the shade fabric is borne by the posts that hold it, or any other structure that supports it. In some of the cattle shade structures, the posts are installed at a certain angle as this is seen to help provide tension, though care must be taken that the posts are installed in the right angles or else it may have negative implications. Along this line, there are shade structures that make use of metal clad frames as these are seen to be more durable and resilient than mere shade cloths. However, they also tend to weigh more, thereby their dead load puts more stress on the supporting structures than the shade cloth alone. Still, the dead load of plain shade cloth should not be underestimated since they are still quite heavy by themselves.

Fastening Shade Cloth to Posts for Your Cattle Shade Structures

When it comes to fastening the shade cloth to the supporting posts, care must be taken to ensure that there is enough tension applied as this is crucial in helping to prevent any damage to the cloth especially in conditions where there is constant strong wind activity. This then highlights the importance of the various components that connect and hold the shade cloth to the supporting structures.

There are several ways available to connect the shade cloth to the posts. You have the option to use load-carrying straps, chains or U-bolts as well as several other adjustable cables and turnbuckles.

When it comes to the longevity of the connecting components, this will generally be affected by the distribution of the weight or load of the fabric. Putting some reinforcing cables and seams can help to lessen the load or distribute it evenly so there isn’t too much stress on them.

There are also issues with the turnbuckles and other connecting components can come lose. This is especially true if there are repetitive flapping or billowing and if there is too much movement on the fabric. This is why you’ll want to constantly inspect the turnbuckles and connecting components to ensure that they are tight, and if there is any damage whatsoever, immediate repairs or even replacements may be necessary.

Planning and Designing Your Cattle Shade Structures

Planning to put up a shade structure for your dairy and cattle? Here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind as you go about in designing your cattle shade structures.

Fabric Material for Your Cattle Shade Structures

One of the things that you’ll need to pay special attention to is the kind of fabric that you intend to use in the construction of your cattle shade structures. It should be noted that the choice of fabric is also an important consideration in the building of other types of livestock shade structures and not just those for cattle. Going back, when looking for fabrics to use, you’ll want a shade cloth that is capable of blocking at least 80% of sunlight. This fabric property, along with the natural design give cattle a dappled, shaded space where they can run to. This is in fact recommended as opposed to solid roofed structure since cattle are not very keen towards dark spaces. As such, cattle are much more prone to patronising shade structures, especially if the shade cloth does not flap or billow and create a lot of noise.

When buying fabrics for your cattle shade structures, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting only the best and high quality fabrics. Keep in mind that the fabric will constantly be exposed to the elements like sun, wind, rain, and others, and low quality fabrics will not be able to withstand the stress and pressure from these elements. In the end, the fabric will only get damaged or deteriorate faster, prompting you to have to replace them with a new one. So even though high quality fabrics may be more expensive at first, you can be sure that they are strong and durable and will not need too much maintenance and repairs, which makes them cost-effective options in the long run.

Quality Polyfabric Tarpaulins Make Ideal Shelter Covers and Curtains for Your Poultry and Livestock

Quite a number of Australians raise chickens on their properties. For the average family, chickens rank quite highly when it comes to food-producing possibilities. Raising chickens also compares favourably to other meat-producing enterprises. For starters, raising chickens does not require a lot of investment. Yet, it provides the quickest returns. It offers high levels of adaptability. It does not cost much in terms of maintenance expenses. Lastly, being white meat, chicken meat makes for a healthier addition to any diet plan.

But, for all its benefits, you cannot neglect your responsibilities when it comes to keeping your poultry safe. At the outset, you will need to house your chickens securely. For this, you will need a reasonably sized coop – depending on the number of chickens you’re rearing. In addition, you will require proper shelter covers or poultry curtains to ensure that your chickens are comfortable in all weather conditions.

When you need the best eco shelters for keeping your livestock safe, it’s best to trust the experts. Polytex Tarpaulins is among the leading suppliers of big tarpaulins in Australia. We supply a myriad of tarps to suit the needs of the agricultural, industrial and mining sectors. In addition, our blinds, tarpaulin covers and liners are ideal for use in the poultry and piggery industries.

The ideal poultry housing structures will be adequate in size. They will free from dampness and excessive levels of moisture. They will provide ample protection from various pests and enemies. They will have sufficient vents that facilitate the cross-ventilation of the structure, thereby eliminating the problem of drafts. In addition, they will have sufficient windows that let in appropriate levels of natural light and sunshine.

It is worth mentioning that you’ll need to keep your birds comfortable throughout the year. Only then will you be able to enjoy satisfactory growth in your meat and egg production rates. Naturally, you will need to have poultry and livestock shade structures that consider the varying climatic conditions. You’ll typically need to protect your birds from sudden changes in temperature. For this, you’ll require poultry houses that are well insulated.

At Polytex, we provide a diverse range of products tailored to suit different kinds of industries in the country. Our high-quality tarps are invaluable for the agricultural industry. Our grain bunker tarps and hay tarps can protect your agricultural produce from pests and rodents. And, they provide ample protection from the elements too. Similarly, we offer products designed to keep your birds safe. Some of most popular offerings include:

  •  Zippered cool cell covers that restrict the air flow in the colder months to maintain peak production levels
  •  Fan covers that automatically release once the fan starts in the hotter months
  •  Innovative polyflex door systems ideal for poultry and pig shelters
  •  Poultry shade sails – including modular-designed shades for engineering systems and replacement sails for existing systems
  •  Welded side blinds (including concertina, rollup or folded blinds) with end caps to specification for the poultry industry
  •  Triple layer thermal side blinds that decrease internal summer temperatures and increase winter temperatures that yield significant reductions in heating and cooling expenses and,
  •  Brooder curtains that minimise cool air flows coming into the production area, while restricting the areas that require heating in poultry and cattle shade structures

People in residential and commercial establishments typically rely on polyfabric tarps for a myriad of applications. These fabrics are ideal for creating low cost shelters, which provide superlative levels of protection from the elements. In addition, you can use these tarps for prolonging the life of your machinery too. Many mills and factories use our tarps as factory dividers to create specific partitions or sections in large halls. And, if you’re a farmer, you can use our tarps for minimising your crop losses during storage and transportation. It is worth highlighting that our bunker tarps are very popular among farmers especially during the harvest season.

With over 50 years of accumulated experience in the fabrics industry in Australia, Polytex Tarpaulins is the leading manufacturer of tarpaulin products. Our tarps are durable, versatile and offer superb levels of protection. This is why we’re the supplier of choice to clients from WA to the eastern seaboard. For more details, call us at 1300 059 003.