Cattle need fresh air, sunlight and protection from cold, damp conditions. ClearSpan Fabric Structures International, South Windsor, Conn., offers a range of custom-designed arched, fabric-covered shelters that can accommodate animal pens, stalls, nurseries or seclusion areas, designed from 25 to 200 feet wide and in any desired length. For smaller agricultural producers, ClearSpan partner FarmTek, Dyersville, Iowa, features standard building types, including the Moo-Tel, a line of multi-functional structures appropriate for animals, feed, hay storage, equipment or compost.
The building frames, manufactured of Hercules Truss Arch Allied Gatorshield® structural steel, stand up to 90 mph winds and snow loads of 40 pounds per square foot. Translucent white fabric covers allow natural light in, but reflect sun to keep livestock cool in summer. Roll-up doors, insulation and sound-dampening are additional features to reduce stress on animals. As the customers’ needs change or grow, buildings can be relocated or expanded. FarmTek’s website features testimonials from satisfied Moo-Tel customers, the most unusual being that of an Oregon couple with a breeding herd of suri alpacas.