When it comes to raising cattle, it can be tough to find the perfect blend of grass and shade… Where there’s lots of grass, there may not be much shade to keep cool. Heat stress is a significant threat to cattle and can reduce their health and productivity. It can also lead to the birth of ill-formed calves which would result in many health problems further down the road. Cows are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as humans do. Setting up shade structures for zero grazing or placing them strategically around fields can do wonders to help with your cows’ health and productivity. Shade structures are a smart alternative to air conditioning–which is only feasible for zero grazing cows, and can be quite costly.
Shade structures for cattle can either be permanent or portable. Regardless of their use, they should be at least 10 feet tall to allow for adequate air flow. Permanent shade structures will need more labor since it will require manure removal from time to time. Good shade cloth should block as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays. However, at Modern Shade LLC, we’re proud to offer structures that provide an open feel, cool the air by as much as 25 degrees, and block up to 97% of harmful UV rays.
No matter if you choose to install portable or permanent shade, the location you place it is crucial. Some areas are optimal for cooling purposes, while others are less than ideal. A shade structure should be placed in a location where wind passes through, as moving air will cool off the cattle better than stagnant air. A hillside may be good for the wind but may lead to premature damage to the shade structure due to erosion. A delicate balance must be struck in order to maximize comfort, while also preserving your shade structures to ensure they last as long as possible.
We specialize in crafting the perfect custom shade structure for any need, and would love to get you set up with exactly what you need to keep your cattle cool, healthy & happy. Happy cattle are more productive & live longer, so keeping them protected and healthy is a wise choice. Contact us today to receive a quote for custom shade structures, we’d love to hear from you!