Hoop Barns for Sheep
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Hoop barns work well for lambing and feeding out market lambs. They are flexible so pens for lambing during cold weather can be provided and the layout can be changed later to provide feed bunks for market lambs. Table 1 (below) gives design data for sheep.
Sheep tend to thrive in cool but dry environments which hoop barns provide when they are well ventilated. Sidewall curtains and end wall openings help to promote good ventilation, thereby keeping the humidity and ammonia to minimum levels.
|Production Stage||Building Floor Space (sq ft/head)||Feeder Space (inches/head)||Water (head per bowl)|
|Limit Fed||Ad Lib|
|Rams (180 to 300 lbs)||20 to 30||12||6||10|
|Dry Ewes (150 to 200 lbs)||12 to 16||16 to 20||4 to 6||40 to 50|
|Ewes with lambs||15 to 20||16 to 20||6 to 8||40 to 50|
|Feeder lambs (30 to 110 lbs)||8 to 15||9 to 12||1 to 2||50 to 75|