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.