Safe, secure and effective storage of hay is critical to preserving its quality. The degradation that occurs from exposure to weather elements such as high winds, rain and extreme sunlight causes hay to lose its nutrition value and quality. Poor quality hay doesn’t provide the necessary goodness required for productive livestock health and growth. The amount of market value that can be lost quickly by poor storage is truly staggering, particularly if the hay grown, baled, and processed is of export quality - which is often used for feeding prized champion horses in overseas countries such as Japan and throughout the Middle East.
Whilst lower cost option alternatives to quality steel hay sheds are available, they are a short term and unreliable option and also difficult to make sense of if you are serious about the investment you put into your programme of growing and processing top-quality hay. AUSPAN’s proven steel hay sheds provide a long-lasting solution to protect and maintain the quality of your hay all year round no matter the severity of the weather elements.
There are a number of different configuration options you may consider for a hay storage shed when designing - with some designs only requiring a roof and 1 or 2 walls on the strongest prevailing weather (wind, rain etc) sides. If you are needing to store high-quality hay where total protection is required, then you might opt for an ‘open front’ style shed where 3 sides of the shed are walled off with just one open front side that faces the most naturally protected direction which allows access for loaders, trucks, and telehandlers to load and unload the shed with the hay being stored.
The other factor to consider is a fire risk, considering that hay is combustible and this process needs to be monitored and managed to ensure the risk of serious fire break out is mitigated and controlled. Extra-wide openings on the ‘access’ side of a hay shed are also often favoured with the introduction of ‘clear span’ beam portals to reduce the number of vertical columns required to support the roof of the shed which then means fewer obstructions that can be unintentionally run into by machines when in operation.
Our team of the hay shed experts at AUSPAN first seeks to understand your own situation, future plans and requirements and then will help you design and build the perfect hay shed to suit so as to offer the best value option for your investment.