Posted on: 2018-05-17
Protection of quality produced hay is among the concerns of farm owners that are exporting hay. Having a proper storage is essential to prevent hay from extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains, strong winds, and hottest temperatures. If you are planning to design the layout of your hay sheds, here are some guidelines that you can implement.
While still in the planning phase of the design of your hay sheds there are two elements needed; the size and shape. You have to make sure that the preferred size and shape provides more room for clearance from the roof part. The standard size for a typical had shed is at least 5.4 meters or 18 feet. However, if you intend to store huge round bales, then, take into consideration a design that can fit bale wagons without any struggle.
The site where you will build the hay sheds is crucial during the designing phase. Among the factors that you have to consider are accessibility and drainage. Drainage of water that may come from the roof after heavy rain including the surrounding premises of the site is important. Why? This will give you an idea of the level of protection you have to install on the hay sheds flooring. Experts in hay shed construction recommend crowning the floor area at least 300mm (12”) above the ground level of the site. When selecting the site for your hay sheds leave some space for future expansion in case you will need additional hay storages adjacent to the main building.
Another element that you should not overlook when designing the layout of your hay sheds is the accessibility, both for the loading of the high volume of hays as well as the daily operation of your workers. A well designed had shed must provide easy access to tools and machinery needed in handling bulk hays like forklifts and grapple forks. Accessibility may also refer to the convenience in going to the hay shed site. So, selection of a site for hay sheds must provide easy access to passable major roadways. For example, a site that will allow easy maneuvering of trailers and bale wagons is the best site location.
When designing the structure layout of your farm hay sheds always leave enough spacing with another storage facility or building. On average the recommended spacing is approximately 15m (50 feet) to prevent the spreading of fire and allow firefighters to control it.
Among other things that you have to pay attention when designing hay sheds are functionality, materials to be used, ventilation and moist control and ability to withstand any extreme weather condition.
If in need of professional advice on the design and construction of hay sheds contact Polytex and learn more about the best storage solutions for your farming products.