Proper storage of hay is crucial to preserve the quality prior sale. Effective hay storage is the key to achieve this goal. If you are planning to build hay sheds from scratch, here’s everything you need to know from design and final structure layout.
What to consider when designing hay sheds?
If you want the design of hay sheds to be fully functional after construction the following areas must be carefully considered:
- Location of the hay sheds
- Materials to be used for the base including site preparation
- Accessibility of hay sheds to roads
- Drainage control
- Fire safety
- Weatherproofing of hay sheds
- Ventilation control
- Condensation control
What is the ideal size and shape of hay sheds?
Building hay sheds require appropriate size and shape, so that it can comply with any farmer’s hay storage capacity requirement. When designing the hay sheds there should be enough clearance to prevent spillages while tilting a fully loaded wagon. The minimum size for construction of hay sheds is approximately 18 feet (5.4 m).
How to select the ideal location?
Selecting the location for hay sheds is vital. Among the concerns that should be included when finding the best site are drainage and accessibility. Drainage refers to how effective the hay sheds from controlling amount of rainfall coming from the roofing structure down to its surrounding area. If possible the location of hay sheds must be above ground level and crowned of at least 12 inches (300 mm). Other concerns when selecting the hay shed location are future expansion and site preparation. Do you need to install culverts or add earthwork at the site? All these things will have to be covered to fully benefit from the construction of hay sheds.
What should cover accessibility?
Access is another aspect to consider when designing and planning the entire hay sheds structural framework is quick access not only for storing hay, but, also for marketing. The hay sheds should give easy access for any type of farm equipment and people involved in the operation. Quick accessibility also refers to roadways. The chosen site for hay shed storage must have enough space to allow maneuvering of trailer trucks including bale wagons.
How to protect hay sheds from fire?
The design of the final layout of hay sheds must have enough spacing of at least 50 feet (15 m) to reduce the risk of fire spreading and give firefighters more room to contain a blaze. For fully structured hay sheds the best way to protect it against accidental fire is doing the fire safety measures to lessen the risk or losses brought by fire incident such as water pump installation.
What is the ideal design for hay shed?
There are at least two types of hay shed storages; the “roof only” model or fully enclosed structure. Most farmers prefer top quality hay sheds that will protect the hay against harsh weather conditions. The hay sheds structure can be open at one end or enclosed. For open-ended structures, they may have tarps or cloth coverings and installed with doors to reduce the problem of sun bleaching.
The above information is intended to help anyone choose the perfect design for hay sheds. However, if you are too busy attending to the daily operation of your farm business and wish to entrust the design and final construction of hay sheds to the experts, then, contact now a representative at Polytex for solid advice.