The Completed Barn In The Midst Of Winter
We began building a new livestock shelter in the fall of 2007 with the intent of housing the goats in during the winter, after we bring them home from pasture at freeze up. We purchased a kit from Multi Shelter Solutions out of Palmerston, Ontario, and began construction of it ourselves in the fall. The barn is 30×96 and has a sliding door on each end, and a man door in the west end. It has four foot walls, and also the bottom 4 feet of the plastic cover will roll up, which will be great in the spring and summer. We put an exhaust fan in the east end wall, and the 2 layers of plastic has an inflator fan blowing air between them, which reduces condensation and acts as an insulation factor. The following pictures follow the construction process. The goats were moved in at the beginning of December 2007, just in time for a small kidding session!
The snow came before we got the water line completed! Here you see the trench dug as we lay a waterline and connect it to our main line going to the house.
Finally, we succeeded in pulling the two layers of plastic over the arches on a windless day. Notice Jeremy’s celebration at the far rooftop tip of the barn!
Taking a well deserved lunch break after pulling the plastic covers on. The goats in their new home! Of course, a young kid is exactly where its NOT supposed to be—in the feed alley! The blue tarp at the east end was replaced with white steel when the weather was more cooperative! You can see that in pictures further below.
One thing we haven’t found a solution for is kids in the feed alley! We do keep them confined to just in front of their nursing moms’ pen though.