The gallery gives some examples of fabric structures or dome buildings used for farm buildings .
Multi-use farm buildings for agriculture
Fabric structures or dome buildings or igloos, depending where you come from, make very useful farm buildings. For a general use fabric covered building on a sheep station the same building could be used for;
- Storing farm machinery under cover.
- Somewhere to keep sheep dry prior to shearing with the addition of some fencing panels.
- With the addition of iron sheet or large hay bales on the sides and ends, used to bulk store grain during harvest.
- Used as extra working area during peak work periods. during fruit packing or processing.
- With the addition of portable cattle or sheep yards, an undercover low stress area for stock work.
The advantages of a relocatable structure in agriculture.
On larger farms where there may be several production areas often miles apart. The ability to be able to move a building utilising equipment and labour in the off-season so as efficiency is at a peak during harvest can make economical sense. The anchoring system using star pickets which are angle driven can be removed and reused in the new location, so there is only labour and equipment costs to relocate a structure.
The relocatable ability of fabric covered farm buildings ensure that the asset always has a value as a secondhand item, if it is no longer needed in the future. The fact that it can be packed into a compact stillage means that it is cost effective to transport over distance, giving a much larger potential market than a similar steel clad structure.
Using fabric covered farm buildings for livestock.
The fabric allows an even shadow-less light into the building which makes animals relaxed and contented. In cattle barns in the US milk producers have recorded measurable increase in cow health and production for fabric covered structures compared to steel clad buildings. They contribute this to less stress on the animals. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0hP8JTAbGg
Using fabric or shade cloth covered structures in warm climates for the beef sheep and dairy industries also contributes to the comfort and production of animals. If using enclosed structures for animals or shearing shed holding, it is important to have a vented ridge or substantial end vents, or fans to ensure that the high humidity from the animals is extracted. With sheep the condensation tends to run down the fabric to the bottom, where as in traditional buildings without insulation, the condensation will run down to the next purlin where it rains back down on the sheep below.