What is the minimum size for a feed pad?
10m x 40m are the minimum dimensions for a SmartShelters cattle feed pad or dairy feed pad, making them best suited for herds of 100 cows or more. SmartShelters offers a range of sizes over and above this minimum, going all the way up to huge 50m spans, and lengths limited only by your property and your imagination.
Who are our feed pads suited to?
Given the minimum size of 10m x 40m, SmartShelters feed pads are best suited to farmers with herds of at least 100 cows. While small-scale and hobby farmers may not be able to justify a feed pad of this size, there may be a more appropriate option in the SmartShelters range. Chat to our friendly team today to discuss your needs.
Lower your feed costs
A comfortable herd that doesn’t need to fight against the cold, the heat or the rain will expend less energy, and will therefore eat less feed. What’s more, placing a shelter over your feed pad will reduce feed spoilage and wastage, and allows you to load the troughs whenever it suits, rather than when weather permits.
What are typical feed pad dimensions?
Just as there’s no standard herd size, there’s no standard feed pad size. The size of a feed pad is governed by the size of the herd that you hope to feed there, and the bulk space it requires. For cattle, for example, feed face of 700mm per cow is generally recommended, with the feed pad then built around these measurements. A total of 3.5m-4m2 per cow is a common range. Animal comfort must be taken into account, with pads designed to prevent injury and lameness.
Offering a wide range of spans between 6m and 30m, at SmartShelters we can custom design and build a feed pad to suit your herd.
Feed pad designs?
When designing a feed pad, our expert SmartShelters team will a number of considerations into account, including:
- Herd type and size
- Location and orientation
- Cleaning and effluent management
- Animal comfort and injury prevention
There are a number of layout, structure and location decisions to be made during the design and construction process, so our team will work closely with you to ensure your feed pad performs exactly as it needs to, and the management of your livestock is made as simple as possible.
What is the best feed pad cover?
The best feed pad cover is one that increases efficiency, reduces effluent volumes, and ensures your herd is comfortable and healthy. The best covered feed pad will be one that has been designed specifically for your situation, that uses the finest materials available, and that has been built by an experienced team (ideally one that offers a market-leading warranty.)
As an organisation with 100 years of experience, at SmartShelters we are able to rapidly design and construct a feed pad of the highest quality, allowing you to enjoy the perks of a sheltered feed pad sooner.
TOUGH MATERIALS FOR LONG LIFESPAN
You have peace of mind with the SmartShelters’ 12-year limited warranty against product faults. We use only the highest quality components to ensure that your shelter stands up to the conditions. SmartShelters structures are engineered to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 and are rated to withstand wind and snow conditions. By using structural-grade Supergal galvanised steel framing and tough Ripstop roof covers we have built up a reputation for extremely high quality and long-lasting structures.
Contact a member of our experienced team today to discuss a truly smart feed pad solution for your herd.