ClearSpan Livestock Shelters – Healthy Animal Housing and the Premier Livestock Barns
ClearSpan livestock shelters are a superior solution to the average livestock shed. Livestock barns are often dark and smelly, but a ClearSpan livestock building creates an atmosphere that is enjoyed by workers and livestock of any kind. The structures feature natural lighting and ventilation, creating a healthy environment that livestock thrive in.
Each ClearSpan livestock barn utilizes an open truss arch design that provides the maximum amount of usable space. There are no support posts, so livestock can be housed in any operation’s ideal layout.
The ClearSpan Livestock Housing Advantage includes:
- Comfortable environments that promote healthy livestock
- Supports increased gains
- Clean & dry environments
- Reduces risk of disease and mortality
- Natural lighting reduces expenses
- Natural ventilation maintains fresh air
- Low maintenance and cost effective
ClearSpan has stock, custom and turnkey designs, and a ClearSpan Truss Arch Specialist can ensure that each customer gets the structure that is ideal for their livestock operation. These livestock shelters can be outfitted with all the required accessories, whether it is heating and cooling or runs, pens, stalls, bedding, corrals or any other livestock requirement. ClearSpan’s livestock building solutions are multi-functional, so one structure can be used for housing, feeding, work space and more.
ClearSpan has nearly four decades of livestock housing experience and has been a trusted supplier of livestock shelters to farmers across the globe. The advanced ClearSpan fabric tension buildings can be completely customized and provide the highest-quality steel frames and covering materials. ClearSpan buildings can be engineered to meet any local or regional building codes. These structures can be found in many different climates and are strong enough to meet even the strongest winds and the heaviest snow loads. With in-house design, financing, manufacturing and installation, obtaining a ClearSpan livestock building is simple and hassle free.
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"The price of the fabric structures was much lower than steel or wood buildings of the same size."-Jay Treese
When Jay and Mary Ann Treese opened Itzan Alpaca Ranch in 2005, they started with only five alpacas, two llamas and a hundred year old barn and corral building. Read More
Today, the ranch is home to twenty-five alpacas, five llamas, more than thirty chickens, eight guinea fowl, four turkeys and they expect goats in the spring. Visitors like to come to the ranch to feed the animals and see the alpacas up close. The alpacas also make trips to local events, schools and nursing homes. In July 2009, the ranch’s original barn was destroyed by a fire, and Treese realized he had to find a new shelter for the animals before winter arrived.
Treese began searching for a solution when he came upon ClearSpan Fabric Structures. He said, “We checked with a couple of other companies, but they were not willing to alter their structures to meet our needs. The alpacas needed doorways on the sides of the building. We visited the manufacturing facility in Dyersville, Iowa and were impressed with the design of the Hercules Truss Arch Building and ClearSpan’s willingness to construct the building to meet our unique design requests.” He noted, “The price of the fabric structures was much lower than steel or wood buildings of the same size.”
The Treeses are very happy with their decision to purchase a ClearSpan building. “We like the translucent cover that lets in natural light during the day, eliminating the need for inside lighting. It also keeps out much of the wind and cold, which is great because alpacas dislike cold wind,” said Jay. He continued, “We also like the pivoting truss bases. We often have high winds that damage other structures in the area, but our new barn is always fine.” Besides the benefits of keeping out the harsh weather, the building has proven to have minimal upkeep. Treese explained, “The maintenance-free materials mean no painting is necessary, and snow slides right off so we don’t have to worry about accumulation on the roof.”
There are many benefits of the building that the Treeses did not expect. For example, “We were surprised by how much cooler it felt inside the barn during the summer,” said Treese. He also noted, “We are extremely pleased that we decided to go with large garage doors. A couple of times we had big loads of hay that could easily fit through the doorway without worrying about hitting the sides or top of the building.”
Itzan Alpaca Ranch has grown in size and popularity since they added their Truss Arch Building. Treese stated, “With the new barn’s extra space, we have added a small tractor, a skid loader and several equipment attachments and we have doubled our livestock, while reducing our manual labor.” He also disclosed, “We have received several compliments on our barn, especially at night when the interior lights make the barn glow. Overall, we are very satisfied with our decision to work with ClearSpan.”