Fabric structures make ideal farm sheds:
Roof and post mounted structures are ideal farm sheds for housing sheep, cattle, poultry and horses. In summer they are cool in temperature, similar to being under the shade of a tree, and the light is very even without shadows, making it a much more comfortable environment for the animals, resulting in less stress and a potential increased in production.
The option of vented; eves, ridges and ends enables manual or the potential to include automatic climate control. If condensation does form on the inside of the fabric on cold nights, it tends to run down all the way to the eves, as the tensioned fabric is clear of the longitudinal braces. In traditional farm sheds there will be a drip line at every purlin, with the condensate falling back onto the stock or grain.
Stables and horses:
- In the horse industry the fabric structures are suitable for dressage arenas and lunging rings, as the gentle even light and lack of shadows calms the horses. They make excellent stables for the same reason. Normally wooden posts are driven and used conveyor rubber belting is utilised for the dividing panels. This give a low cost structure which minimises potential injury to horses. The belting also helps to eliminate breezes to resting horses that could cause illness in winter.
Farm sheds for Dairy cattle:
Multi use farm sheds:
Roof fabric structures mounted on concrete walls or solid sides, or the fabric to the ground options are practical for grain, feed and fertilizer storage, keeping the product protected from the elements, enabling bulk handling technologies.
The fabric structures lend themselves to be used as multi-purpose shedding. In the grain season the may take excess grain, sheep holding for woolly or shorn sheep in the spring, a machinery shed for the rest of the year, and the ideal venue for having all the neighbours around for a party.
Farm sheds for sheep and cattle yards:
The sheep, cattle and dairy industries utilise the fabric structures to cover yards and extend handling sheds. This increases productivity by reducing stress on animals, working dogs and operators.
The cost of fabric structures increases exponentially once you increase the width over 20m with a single cord hoop structure. If you need to go wider then we would recommend a dual cord truss structure.
Normally there would be a post at every frame, spaced at 1.5m-3m apart depending on the wind region and the cord size. Larger posts with beams can be used as in the first photo as an alternative, increasing the post spacing up to 6m or more.
Be aware of the sun tracking when you are planning your fabric structure. Shade-cloth sides or partial end walls (walls covering part or all of the arch section) may be a good investment to limit entrance or side shadows. Alternately make the yard shelter a metre or more wider than your yards. If shadows cross the path of moving animals it is likely they will want to balk.
The gentle light under the structures, without shadows will entice the animals to calm down and move easily through your yards. The tension fabric is very quiet in windy conditions removing a further distraction from the enclosed animals.
Covered yards are a valuable asset for sheep farmers when the weather turns cold after shearing and the shorn animals can be protected from the elements.
Large farm sheds:
If you require a large building for manufacturing or large scale storage in a large building free of internal posts Taurus Fabric Build has a range of very economical warehouse buildings up to 60m wide. These building can be designed to have pallet racking between the wall frames, enabling you to utilise the full foot print of the building.
For farm sheds for bulk material storage, concrete bund walls, concrete “T” blocks or hay bales can be used around the walls to contain the material. Roof heights can be made to accommodate tipping truck or semi trailers.
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