cattle shade structures

The Right Tools for Australian Farmers

Australian farmers need the right tools for safeguarding their investments. This is regardless of whether they are growing crops or raising livestock. As such, quality tarpaulins are one of the tools they rely on extensively. Poly tarps come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours. Each tarp will usually suit a specific application. For instance, some tarpaulins are ideal for use in cattle shade structures. But, you could use them for other purposes as well.

 

Polytex has a skilled and experienced workforce. In addition, it utilises state-of-the-art equipment for manufacturing its tarps. Unlike other suppliers, we use advanced technology including CAD drawings and computerised fabric plotting & cutting for manufacturing welded tarpaulin fabric products. This enables us to supply tarps ideal for agricultural, industrial and commercial use. Not surprisingly, our reputation for supplying quality grain bunker tarps and eco shelters has spread across Australia. Companies from WA to the eastern seaboard of Australia using our products to meet a myriad of needs.

Quality Composting Covers from Polytex

If you are looking for top of the line composting covers, you can count on us to deliver. Here at Polytex, we spend time and effort in knowing your exact needs and requirements before we commence with the manufacturing process—the same principle we apply whether we’re making composting covers, eco shelters or other types of tarps for whatever purpose. We don’t just focus on the tarp and fabric itself, but we also take into consideration the compost base product and the geographical location as well. In addition, our composting covers can be manufactured with sleeved edges that allows you to insert pipes which is helpful in holding the tarp down in place using a cover clamp. Along that lined, the clamp arrangement allows you to release and pull back the tarp with ease so you can turn the windrow as needed.

As Australia’s leading tarp manufacturer and supplier, you can rely on our commitment to quick and quality service. So whether you want a quote or would like to discuss your composting cover needs, or would like to enquire about our other products factory dividers, grain bunker tarps and others, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team of experts is always ready to help you with your questions.

Proper Care and Maintenance of Composting Covers

Another important factor that can help protect and prolong the life of your composting covers—and other types of tarps used as livestock shade structures for instance—is proper storage. More often than not it can be tempting to leave the covers on the ground beside the windrows even when they’re not in use. However, this leaves the covers exposed to rain and the ultra violet rays from the sun, both of which can cause undue damage to the covers. Thus, whenever you remove the composting covers off the windrows, be sure to keep them stored in a dry area. In line with this, be sure that the storage area is free from any rodents or pests that can chew holes into the composting covers. All these may sound like extra work, but the benefits of a longer service life will more than compensate for the effort.

It should be noted that composting covers can be much heavier when they are wet. Thus, this makes them a bit more challenging when being removed. Actually, the same is true for all other tarps used for other purposes like hay tarps and others. As such, it is recommended that they are not immediately taken off after a severe or heavy rainfall, and that they should be left to dry as much as possible before being removed. When they are heavy, it will require more effort and force to remove them, and when done carelessly, this can result to the composting cover tearing.

Tearing is perhaps the biggest challenges with regard to composting covers. In fact, this is also the biggest problems or other tarps used in other endeavours like shelter covers for instance. Even the high quality composting covers can be a victim of such issue when handled improperly and carelessly. But there are actually several ways to keep this from happening.

For one, never pull the covers using equipment or tools that have sharp metal edges or pointed ends that can cut or pierce the composting covers. Another factor that can contribute to this issue is improper set up. When the composting cover is improperly set up, the strong pulling forces on smaller areas of the composting covers can cause it to tear. Thus, when setting up composting covers, the pulling forces should be evenly spread throughout the fabric. It should be spread evenly over the compost pile and grab loops can be used to hold them in place. This also actually applies to tarps used for other purposes like cattle shade structures for instance.

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.