Quick Tarp Shelter
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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Tarp and Cattle Panel Shelter for Goats

Some of you wanted to know how to make a quick shelter for your goats using tarps and cattle panels- They are easy to make and you can add cattle panels to make it larger (longer) if need be- make sure to get the right curve to it - making it too wide will make it fall during an ice or snow storm.
This is a shelter a gal can do by herself (if need be) and all things going as planned - a 3 panel shelter can go up in less than 2 hours

How to Make a Quick Goat Shelter for Under $100.00

The price of making a quick goat shelter will vary greatly with how much materials cost, if you already have them or can get them from a farm auction or nearby farm. The $100.00 price I have figured for the shelter I will explain to you is figured on this material list:

Goat Shelter Material List

  • Cattle Panels or sometimes called Hog Panels, 16 feet long and approx 48inches tall
    $15.00 each - I use 3 cattle panels for a 16 ft long goat shelter
  • Tarp to cover length of finished shelter- 12'x16 poly tarp ($16.97 at Walmart) or if you want it to extend further down the sides, a 20' x 16' tarp ($22.97 at Walmart)
    How heavy, large and / or expensive a tarp you decide to get will determine the final price of the shelter
  • T-Posts these are found in different heights - I use 6 ft T-Posts, you will need 4 per panel (2 on each side) so here you will need 12 T-Posts that are $2.00 per post total $24.00
  • Nylon Baling Twine- Free
  • Total Cost:
    $45.00 (Panels)
    $17.00 (Tarp)
    $24.00 (T-Posts)
    $86.00 Total Cost (before tax)
  • Directions for Building a Tarp and Cattle Panel Goat Shelter (In 10 Easy Steps)

    1. Choose Location for Shelter and carry T-posts & Panels to location
    2. Lay Panels out side by side so they touch each other on the long sides and ends are even-be sure to place the short ends where you want the further of the finished sides of the shelter to be
    3. Set your T-posts opposite the panels also laying down, so the ends of the posts are one at each edge of the panels (2 per panel)
    4. Starting at one end, Drive each T-post in until you have both T-posts for each panel end (I usually do one panel at a time)
    5. Go to the end of that first panel and move it sideways enough so the long edge is away from where the second side of the shelter will be- this gives you room to drive the T-post in for that side- (leave the end of the panel still at the other T-post for the further end)
    6. Drive your 2 T-posts in for the second side of that panel keeping them even with the first 2 you drove in for the other side and about 6 feet from them-
      NOTE: DO NOT try to go much wider than 6 feet across as the pitch of the hoop will not be strong enough to withstand ice or snow!
    7. Go back to the end of the laying down panel and bounce it up until it hoops up in the air, holding the very end of it, walk it up to the second side T-posts and set it inside those T-posts with the other end butted up against the first 2 T-posts you drove in for the other side (You should now have one hoop up being held in place by the 4 T-posts - tie the T-posts to the panels in a few places to secure
    8. Repeat for the remaining panels, when you have all the panels up , tie them together in the arch they make for security and steadiness
    9. Cover with the tarp and tie down all grommets to the panels.
    10. Since most cheap tarps don't have a lot of grommets, I use additional twine to go from one side of the hoop to the other across the top and fasten them down over the tarp in a few places to hold it down from the wind.

    Diagram of T-post and Cattle Panel Layout to Make Goat Shelter

    T-post and Cattle Panel Layout for goat shelter
    Here is a quick drawing on how I make Quick Goat Shelters:
    Tarp and cattle panel shelter for goats
    Tarp and cattle panel shelter for goats

    Tarp and cattle panel shelter for goats

    You can also make a quick shade shelter for spring and summer to keep minerals etc from getting wet.. This uses one short panel and a small tarp

    BUT DO NOT make the same mistake I did this past winter- Even though I "thought" I had the inside of the tarp secured with an added support under it, it did not hold up during a light snow-ice build up one night and it fell - killing one of my most precious goats
    Tarp that fell on goat killing it
    Goat Shelter using Tarps and cattle panels


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