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 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.