Now available from Livestock Shade, Shelter and Comfort , feedlot shade structures can improve cattle comfort and productivity, thus increasing profitability.
Feedlot shade structures can have a significant impact on the body heat load experienced by cattle. They reduce solar radiation and as a result slow the rate of body heat gain.
Feedlot shade structures from Livestock Shade, Shelter and Comfort cover at least 1.6m2 to 6m2 per standard cattle unit, and can be designed to maximise ventilation and afternoon shade.
It is important to consider several factors when choosing a feedlot shade structure.
Where possible, feedlot shade structures should run north to south to allow sunlight to penetrate under the structure for drying, especially during winter months when bogging can become an issue.
Feedlot shade structures should also be placed in a well drained area, and the higher the structure off the ground, the better it is for drying.
Overly wide structures should also be avoided (over 12m wide), as they may be difficult to dry underneath.
Finally, large pens require a feedlot shade structure approximately 11m wide and 5.8m high. This allows the morning and afternoon sun to penetrate for drying.