Livestock Shelter and Feed Station
by Mike Angus
(Fenwick, Ontario, Canada)
Project: A portable livestock shelter and feed station.
I needed a shelter for my small flock of sheep (14 ewes plus up to 20 lambs). I built two sheds using 3" square X 3/16" wall aluminum tube for the frame and covered with farm building metal siding for the roof and sides.
Because they are also in the same pasture with my horses I lined the bottom four feet of the sheds with 2x6 lumber in case they wanted to have a kick at it. The shelters need to be easily moveable so the grass in the pasture won't die off for lack of sunshine and overgrazing.
In season I move the sheds every couple of days. To make this easy I built retractable wheels for one end that raise and lower using a trailer jack and at the other end made a ring type pick-up that fits the hook on the three point lift of my tractor.
So far the larger one (10' X 20') has flipped over in a windstorm, after pulling out the ground anchors, and then again when I was towing it with the tractor to re-position it to a calmer area, with nothing but cosmetic damage.