Goat barn plans must be made
to accomplish one basic role: protection. Shelters protect
your animals from extreme temperatures, rain, and provide them
with a safe place to sleep at night. Goats are highly adapted
to rough weather and terrain. But by providing them protection
from these elements, the stresses the goats experience are
lessened, thus they become more productive.
Good goat barn plans are able to keep too much moisture out.
Respiratory diseases can result when goats inhale too much
humidity from the surroundings. Wood is a perfect material
because it doesn't accumulate water, unlike metal or concrete.
Open building are also good in keeping the moisture out during
the cold months and keep maximum airflow during the summer
months. Trees are good insulators and keep your animals cool
during hot days.
An open building with a lot of circulating air also prevents
the buildup of ammonia from urine and feces. Beddings are also
needed as floor insulations and also to act a litter to
prevent wetting of the floor. Bedding materials can be spaced
wood boards, sawdust, shavings, paddy husk, hulls, and bagasse.
These different types of bedding have different capacities to
absorb urine. They are also cheap and readily available. As
much s possible no concrete floors must be used. Installing a
sleeping platform helps to keep the goats clean and dry.
In some countries, goat barn plans include slatted board walls
and floors to allow good airflow and also makes cleaning
easier. Stilted barns are also good ideas because this offers
some protection against parasites that live on the soil.
Roofing materials can be anywhere from hay to metal. Hay and
straw roofing are good insulators, providing protection during
both the summer and winter months. Metals must be paint white
to reflect sunlight and prevent heating the barn.
In making goat barn plans, it is also wise to consult experts
because they can decide the best construction. Dependence of
the barn from factors such as a sloping ground and poor
drainage can be addressed effectively by a competent architect
or engineer. For relatively simple work, ordinary carpenters
can also give very useful information.
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