There are many different types of housing that can be used to provide protection for sheep, their feed, bedding and equipment. Traditional barns, metal buildings (and similar structures) and a lower-cost to traditional housing is the modest Polytunnel. For farmers, a First Tunnels Sheep Shelter (typically a Polytunnel adapted for sheep) can quickly prove to be an invaluable and indispensable investment.
Why Do Polytunnels Make Good Sheep Shelters?
It is easier and more enjoyable to care for housed sheep during cold weather. The protection it provides can improve a flock’s welfare. It can also reduce stress and the survival rate for lambs is usually higher when shed lambing is practised. This is especially true where cold wet weather is the rule in late winter and early spring. All of which can make a significant difference to levels of profitability.
Whatever size Polytunnel best suits your flock requirements, First Tunnels will provide the materials specially selected to do the job! With a choice of polythene covers designed to reduce the light transmission and ultimately the heat. A side ventilation system with reinforced net panels suitable for animal husbandry will help minimise the levels of stress. They are designed for ease of stock management and the ongoing good health of the herd.
Bespoke Designs to Suit Your Needs
First Tunnels Polytunnels are typically supplied with timbers as standard to make up hinged or sliding doors at both ends. But by selecting the “no door” option, you’ll have the freedom to make your own bespoke design, such as half-height doors or gates. These elements eliminate drafts at the level of the animal whilst giving sufficient air movement above.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about sheep polytunnels.
Originally posted 2015-11-14 12:00:46.
Sean Barker is the MD of First Tunnels, and is enthusiastic about providing quality gardening supplies to gardeners across the UK