The planning, building and implementing stages of custom stockyards is important to a farm, and can largely determine how well it works in the long term. There are many different factors to consider, and these are typically external factors which vary from situation to situation. For example, the behaviour of your cattle is one of the primary factors to consider when building custom stockyards. This is obviously something that is unique to every person’s different cattle, and will determine different aspects of your planning for your new operations. Factors such as sunlight, illumination levels, if you want ramps and/or pens and so on, are all very important and integral to a smooth running environment. These plans will ultimately determine how well run the operation is and if it will last in the long term. A poorly built one will not run well and can lead to many different issues which will affect your yield at the end of the year.
With this in mind, here are 3 factors to consider when building custom stockyards.
When you plan custom stockyards, you ideally must take into account the location of where it is going to be built. The property may have many different spots where one might be ideal, but it is important to find one that has many different access points, especially to a road. Ideally, custom stockyards should be built in areas which are away from buildings and anything electrical which could interfere with the building, as well as cause issues with the cattle in some situations. Every site has a slope, and this should be taken into account when planning. The slope can determine if cattle will fall over or trip easily, which can delay the operation. Furthermore, it should be placed close to some form of water, whether it be a lake, or a man made body of water. Shade is also needed to keep the cattle cool and should be considered in the planning stages of cow yards.
Custom stockyards should be built for longevity, and with long term operational ability in mind. The project of building custom stockyards is a large one, and should not be taken lightly. Because of this, cow yards should be built out of a material which is durable and with a properly designed structure which will last the ages. You must ask yourself certain questions such as how long you expect the farm to last? How much do you expect to gain out of this cow yard? What types of livestock activities are you expecting to support with this cow yard? All of these are important questions which can drastically change the way you design your cow yard and must be considered.
The material used in the development of custom stockyards is important to the structural integrity of the foundation. Materials used must be sturdy to handle the rough nature of the job and operation. These materials used in the development of custom stockyards could include concrete, steel, timber and so on. All of these are well known for being strong and durable materials which would not be easily broken and fits perfectly for a cow yard development and subsequent cattle operation.
Overall, custom stockyards are important structures, and there are many factors which must be taken into account in order to build a proper operation. Custom stockyards will act as one of the primary points of the operation and are largely depended on for cattle. As such, the factors mentioned previously should be considered heavily prior to development of the structure.