Premier Polytunnels bring ‘EWE’ Premier Sheep Houses.
Lambing is the most important time of both the farmer’s and the sheep’s year. In November and December many farmers begin preparing for the forthcoming busy lambing season. Necessary supplies are gathered, plans are put in place to manage and feed the sheep properly, and the lambing facilities, such as housing and pens, are prepared.
Sheep Housing has been used by farmers for many years because a strong, dry, protective shelter not only improves the animal’s welfare and reduces stress in the flock, but also helps to increase profitability.
Pregnant ewes and housed sheep are cheaper to feed and have lower nutritional requirements than flocks kept outside.
Adult sheep can stand the cold British weather, but newborn lambs often struggle in the cold and rain – The survival rate for lambs is higher when flocks are housed and sheltered from the elements and predators.
Sheep prefer naturally ventilated cold housing and good ventilation is essential to avoid respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, in the animals.
Premier Polytunnels launched their Premier Sheep House in 2010. Designed and developed by Martin Wood of Premier Polytunnels (a Rolls Royce trained engineer, Martin is the man responsible for bringing you many of the polytunnel design innovations since 1991), our Premier Sheep House has primarily been designed as a sheep house for small flocks. However, this structure has many other uses throughout the year, including barn and food, hay, and equipment store.
Our Sheep House uses a heavy duty, 800 gauge/200 micron polythene cover, which is white on the inside to give a cool, light interior, and dark green/black on the outside to be more aesthetically pleasing in a rural environment. This polythene can be expected to last for 10 years and more.
1m high black heavy duty netting is fitted around both sides and ends of the structure. The open ends are supported with a 10ft wide x approx 7ft high timber door frame, suitable to be fitted with a 10ft wide gate, and allowing access for machinery.
Available in sizes – 16ft wide, 18ft wide, 21ft wide, and 24ft wide, and starting at 30ft long, up to 90ft long.
For detailed information about the space allowances required for housed sheep according to age, size, and class of livestock, please view DEFRA’s Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (Sheep) –
http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb5162-sheep-041028.pdf – see the table on page 21.
Contact Premier Polytunnels:
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Telephone – 01282 811250