Thursday, April 1, 2010

Livestock shelter

After reading a magazine article called "Bovine Basics for Beginners" in Backwoods Home Magazine, a reader inquired about what a loafing shed (a simple livestock shelter) looks like.

Rather than bogging down everyone's email by sending pix, I decided to post them on my blog.

My husband built this two-stall loafing shed in the fall of 2007 to provide shelter for our two horses when we decided to winter them in a different pasture. As it turned out, it was one of the harshest winters on record with howling wind and tons of snow (which, of course, equals drifts). We were VERY grateful he built the shed.

The back of the shed with the lower roof angle faces the prevailing wind direction, so the animals had shelter from the wind.

Now we winter our animals in a different area so the shed receives very little use. Right now it's in something of a state of disrepair, but it won't be hard to fix up. It backs right up against our garden takes the place of a portion of the fence.


  1. I'm waiting for the April Fool prank but can't find one. Looks like a legitimate article after all. Drat!

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  2. I noticed he used some very wide boards instead of plywood. It makes me wonder if you have a local sawmill where he gets those at a reasonable price. That would be nice.

  3. Quedula, not sure where the term "loafing" shed comes from. Perhaps because animals loaf around in them...?

    Lloyd, he used the wide boards because a few years ago we disassembled someone's barn and have lots of miscellaneous lumber stacked up because of it. In other words, we made the shed out of what we had on hand.

    - Patrice

  4. My house has lumber in it from an old disassembled barn as well. I guess that's why it jumped out at me.