What are you doing to protect your livestock from the weather?

Enterprise Center offers portable Animal Run-In Sheds perfect for pasture animals (ie. horse, cattle, llama, alpaca, goat, etc.) to take shelter from the rain, wind, snow and hot sun when they’re out to pasture. Our loafing sheds are Mennonite-built and known for their quality, and all of our prefab animal run-in sheds are delivered fully assembled. This means you can start using your animal run-in shed immediately upon delivery. One of the best features about our prefab animal run-in sheds are that they are also portable allowing you to move your 3-sided shed any time and any place. This is most significant during the changing of seasons, as you might want to face the structure away from the wind or direct sunlight.

At Enterprise Center, you can customize run-in sheds that will fit your animals’ needs. We offer options like tack rooms, numerous color options, doors and gates.  All our run-in sheds are available with wood or metal siding providing a maintenance free solution.  Place a run-In shelter in each pasture so you know your animals are comfortable and protected during any weather condition.

Why Is Proper Housing Important For Livestock?

According to the University of New Hampshire and U.S. Department of Agriculture, most farm animals need some kind of shelter to escape the elements. Most people think winter is the most important time to provide shelter but an animal’s natural coat can allow them to tolerate much colder temperatures than people can. Summer heat can by far, be harder on animals than winter if shade is not available to them either by trees or structures if they are out on pasture, or lack of ventilation in a barn or building. Many livestock animals like pigs and rabbits, do not sweat, so heat stroke can quickly set in.

A simple, three-sided shelter with an open front will meet the needs of many farm animals on pasture and is often the building of choice to raise healthy livestock. When designing a three-sided animal shelter, make sure the open side faces south, away from prevailing winds. Locate the structure on an elevated, well-drained site and keep winter access in mind for feeding and water handling.

Suggested Space and Housing Guidelines
for Fully Mature Farm Animals

Provided by the University of New Hampshire and U.S. Department of Agriculture
Beef Cow
Dairy Cow
Dairy Goat
Enclosed Housing Area/Animal – Tie stalls
45 sqft;
– Box stall
12×8 or
75-100 sqft 75-100 sqft 20-25 sqft 48 sqft with exercise yard;
100 sq. ft. without exercise yard
20-25 sq.ft. 3-4 sq.ft. 3-4 sq.ft. 6 sq.ft.
Exercise Yard Area/Animal 200 sqft 100-125 sqft 100-125 sqft 50 sqft 200 sqft 50 sqft 10 sqft ——— 20 sqft
Pasture Area/Animal 1-2 acres 1-2 acres 1-2 acres 0.2-0.3 acres 12-14 sows/acre/rotational pasture 0.2-0.3 acres ——— ——— 100 sq. ft.
Type of Housing and Boundary Setback Enclosed ventilated barn or open 3-sided barn – Setback 50′ Open front 3-sided barn – Setback 50′ Open front 3-sided barn, free-stall or enclosed stanchion barn. Setback 50′ Enclosed barn with removable side panels or windows – Setback 50′ Enclosed barn, huts, shed, hutches or lean-to – Setback 50′ Open front 3-sided shed – Setback 50′ Enclosed barn – Setback 50′ Enclosed barn – Setback 50′ Enclosed barn – Setback 50′

Note to municipal planners: The minimum space and housing guidelines in the chart apply to both commercial farms and backyard operations.