Hay storage shelters: portable, dry & air-circulated
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Why use an arched shelter for hay storage?
Especially in agriculture, being able to plan ahead is golden. You never know how many sunny days and weeks lie ahead. You may also be unsure exactly how much hay you will have available - how fast your grass is growing, how many bales you can procure. In concrete terms, the situation means that in the event of a sudden harvest peak, you need a hay storage facility at short notice that offers additional storage capacity. An arched hay barn that is built of light, yet strong materials, and that can easily be extended is exactly the solution - one that stands for plannability and safe storage in all weather. Other advantages of an arched shelter are that it is:
- portable. You can build anywhere (no need to pour foundations)
- offers a dry & covered storage space
- extremely robust & stable - for long periods of use
- ensures effective air circulation
- cheaper & requires less maintenance than a permanent barn
- can be accessed with a tractor or other farm machinery
Don’t use a tarp as a cost-effective storage alternative to a weatherproof structure like an arched shelter. Even though this solution can be done quickly by simply storing the forage in a field and putting the tarp over it, we strongly advise against this idea. Why? Such use of tarps has a number of disadvantages: Condensation builds up quickly; pests (such as mice and rats) are attracted; crows peck into the tarpaulin and moisture gets into the hay. This in turn means that the hay not only loses quality, but mould and parasites can develop and contaminate the hay.
Is there anything special to pay attention to when storing hay in a tent?
There are two key aspects that are important when storing hay: You must be able to cope with large volumes* and at the same time ensure that the hay (or straw) is always stored in a dry place with some air circulation. Under no circumstances should the hay become wet or damp. Achieving airtightness isn't practical and therefore your hay storage building must conversely have good air flow. That's a real advantage of arched shelters: each gable wall is specially equipped with a gate that can be opened in good weather as well as ventilation windows that ensure effective air circulation and an excellent climate. And there is plenty of space for storing large volumes of hay or straw bales in this agricultural hall! But don't forget the floor - moist air escapes here too! It's therefore crucial that it's sufficiently dry before you store the hay bales. A well-drained grass area is just as suitable as concrete - but gravel is best. For optimal storage, spread gravel to a depth of roughly 30cm.
Do you want to stack the bales off the bare ground? We have a solution for you: create a breathable layer a few inches off the ground for the baling. We suggest using timber pallets to build a subfloor. Thanks to the pallets, air circulates around the entire tent. This pallet floor isn’t only quick and easy to build, but also has another advantage: rodents can't get to the bales as easily.
Our most popular hay storage buildings
Round arch hay barns with 9.15 m width
Arched hay barns with 12.2 m width
6 hay storage ideas for your hay and straw store
Haylage, baleage, hay and silage - the differences can be small, but important. Haylage is made from young grass, but has a shorter drying time than hay. Due to the moisture content, haylage and baleage are usually packed in airtight containers, whereas hay needs to be stored in an air-permeable container. But what is the best way to store it - e.g. upright or lying down? And what about ventilation? In the following we give you some tips for stacking hay in our arched shelters:
ensure regular air exchange. High temperature differences between day and night can lead to the formation of condensation. Therefore, open the doors regularly. If necessary, you can also do without the gable ends completely**.
if you want a floor made, use wooden pallets rather than a solid surface of decking. Use untreated timber wherever possible to ensure the hay quality isn't affected.
create a "ventilation alley" between the hay bales, as moisture can condense on the tarpaulin. Don’t place the bales close together, but leave a gap of 5-10 cm between the bales.
don’t stack the hay right up the ceiling or the walls of your portable straw storage building - the air must be able to circulate well.
the optimal storage position is upright (lying on the front sides), but storing the straw bales on their sides also has advantages - among other things, they are easier to roll in this position.
make sure that the floor skirts of the arched shelter, which serve as wind deflectors and move moisture away from the tent, are flush to prevent water penetration.
The arched shelter in detail
A practical shape
It's a simple thing, but it's one of the key reasons why this buidling is so popular in agriculture: the round shape of the arched roof. Thanks to the rounded design, rain can simply run off the sides and not accumulate on the roof - and just as importantly - so can snow. An agricultural hall with an arched design - the perfect all-weather all-rounder! And the material of the roof as well as the gable sides is also impressive: you have the choice between PE or PVC tarpaulins. Both have a high UV protection and are 100% waterproof, while PVC is more tear-resistant and durable in terms of quality. PVC buildings are also available in fire-safe certified versions. By the way, you'll receive a 3-part tarpaulin: a single-piece roof tarpaulin that runs over the sides, as well as two gable ends. The gable ends don’t necessarily have to be fitted, without them you make your agricultural hall accessible to large machines**. A big advantage of both tarpaulins: they are fixed tightly to the frame by a professional tensioning system and can be readjusted at any time.
What a first class frame!
The combination of roof and frame is the key to the high load-bearing capacity of this agricultural hall. Here we offer you the choice between a simple round tube arch and a truss arch construction. While the round tube arch can withstand a load of up to roughly 100 kg/m², the truss frame can withstand a load of up to roughly 208 kg/m² (depending on the leg spacing). In the truss version, the round arches consists of two round tube arches that are connected to each other by welded cross braces - for even greater stability! Keep in mind: Thanks to the high-quality processing of steel, this hall is extremely weather-resistant. This also makes arched shelters ideal for use on farms as agricultural halls. Whether for arable farming, vegetable cultivation or stable construction - this agricultural hall with its extremely stable construction is a product that you will never want to do without in your business!
Arched shelters - the ideal agricultural buildings
Arched shelters are above all one thing: versatile. The majority of our customers rely in particular on arched shelters for use as hay storage. However, it's also impossible to imagine other areas of agriculture without this storage hall! In the following, we therefore give you an overview of some popular uses:
- for animal husbandry as a stable (however, field shelters are particularly suitable for e.g. horses)
- as a machine hall. Use the hall as a shelter for large vehicles, e.g. tractors
- as a storage building to house agricultural goods & materials, e.g. wood or crops
- as a workshop. Use the space for welding work or machine maintenance
- as a bulk materials hall for sand, grain or topsoil
- as a workplace. Remove the gable ends & drive into the agricultural hall
- as a house to stack fodder out in the field.
Have you considered our container shelters? These are also ideal in agriculture. The roof could even be mounted on top of square bales. With sufficient anchoring to sturdy rectangular bales the roof and walls will provide ample protection for the bales stacked inside. They're a great option for covering bunker silos to cover silage and other feeds. They are designed to attach to the top of either shipping containers or walls made of a variety of other materials. They're also ideal for agricultural construction and for storing harvested crops.To the container shelters in the shop
Frequently asked questions about arched shelters and hay storage
How expensive is the construction of the hall?
Compared to an industrial tent or a storage tent, the construction of an arched shelter is more complex, but far faster and more flexible than a permanent barn. A big advantage is that you can build the hall without a specialist, saving you a lot in building costs. In order to make assembly as simple and uncomplicated as possible, you will receive detailed instructions upon delivery, plus a structural analysis manual. All individual parts are also individually labelled. The only additional tools you will need are a lifting platform or forklift transporting the roof and wall parts and a rolling scaffold or scissor lift for assembly. In addition, general power tools will come in handy. Another requirement: helpers. You will need a team of at least 3 people to build the structure
How long should hay or straw be stored?
The nutritional needs of a horse differ to those of cattle and other animals. As a rule, hay and straw release most of their moisture during the first 6-8 weeks. Only when the water content is below 15% can you stop storing them. Note however, that the drying phase can last even longer with large round bales. When properly covered, hay can last through the winter, at least 3-6 months. It's best to take regular samples after 6-8 weeks to measure the water content. If you end storage early, using the hay as feed can lead to digestive issues in your livestock.
How can I protect my hay from pests, such as mice?
Protecting your forage from pests (such as mice) is an important issue. Should the feed get contaminated with faeces or urine, spoilage can cost you dearly in terms of dry matter loss. However, don’t use bait to discourage rodents! Baits only cause the pests to move into the hay bales, die there and contaminate the bales. A house cat is often the most effective way to discourage rodents from your feed store.
Do you have arched shelters in stock?
Especially because planning the hay harvest isn’t easy, you depend on a quick delivery. We recommend that you order your hall in late summer rather than in autumn. In most cases, you can already estimate the harvest in late summer and the arched shelter will then arrive in time for it. Of course, you can also purchase your agricultural hall over the winter season as well. On our shop page, look out for products that are marked with the text "in stock".
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Whether for hay, as a machine hall or stable for horses - our expert customer service will be happy to advise you on our agricultural tents and which product (arched shelter, field shelter, storage tent or industrial tent) suits your individual application scenario. Simply let us know your personal requirements and benefit from our many years of experience in the tent industry!
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- * The volume and entrance height of the bale storage can be increased by placing the structure on concrete blocks. If you choose to fix the structure to an additional material such as concrete blocks, our structural guarantees are forfeited, and we won't be able to accept any liability.
- ** In this case, the static wind load calculation of the arched shelter no longer applies, but the load-bearing capacity or stability of the hall isn’t affected. The removal of the gable parts is therefore at your own risk. All arched shelters come with gable sections included.