Overview Of Livestock Shade Structures


By: Elizabeth Horsfall

Posted on: 2018-07-05

Are you planning to build numerous shade structures for your livestock business? The Livestock shade structures main purpose is to provide the needed shade and covering of farm animals like cows during summer. Let me give you further enlightenment on livestock shade, types of livestock shade available in the market including other concerns that will affect your final decision on what particular livestock shade structure will you build.

What is a livestock shade structure?

Livestock shade structures may come in the form of a permanent or portable unit. Its design is to provide enough shading for all kinds of livestock animals, particularly those that are left on pasture areas.  The material component of this type of structure is either from wood or steel pipe and supported by a fabric cloth (polypropylene) which can offer approximately 80 percent of shading.

As mentioned, the livestock shade structures can be built either permanent structure or portable (can be moved around). The portable structure is becoming popular because it is less expensive and can be relocated where the cattle and other animals are grazing. The average size of portable livestock shade structures is around 25 feet by 42 feet.

The type of fabric material used depends on the amount of shading needed as well as the type of type of animal concerned. If you don’t have a clear idea of the best-recommended fabric material that will offer maximum shading for your livestock, better consult an expert with relevant experience in the construction of livestock shade structures.

What to consider before building the livestock shade structures?

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to building shade structures for your livestock and mostly include the following:

How to prolong the service life of livestock shade structures?

If properly designed and constructed from top quality materials livestock shade structures can offer longer years of service. However, the fabric material used as shading can deteriorate over time due to continuous exposure to extreme weather conditions and may require replacement. You could extend the service life of the fabric material by storing it properly when not in use.

If you want to succeed with the construction of your livestock shade structures talk to any of the experts at Polytex and be guided on the design and the recommended fabric materials suited.