Alpaca Housing Testimonials - FarmTek

Customer Testimonials - John & Christine Gardiner

Challenge - Housing for alpacas
Solution - Super Moo-Tel and Connector Canopies
Size - One 38'W x 15'H x 80'L Super Moo Tel, Four 36'W x 30'L 2-bay Commercial Canopies
Application - Alpaca Farming
Location - Cave Junction, OR

After moving from their old farm in Sandy, Oregon, John and Christine Gardiner were without barns for their alpacas. Having dealt with the difficulties of buildings spaced far apart at their previous location, the Gardiners decided to purchase a ClearSpan® Super Moo-Tel® and four connector canopies. John says, "The price was right and I could erect it much faster than any other building."

Using a design created by John, two canopies were attached to each side of the Moo-Tel to allow the alpacas to move freely from one building to another. John states, "With the flexibility of our new barn we now have our herd serviced from the same barn, which makes the daily routine highly efficient. The alpacas love to be under the cooler canopies, but come into the Moo-Tel for supplementary feeding." He adds, "It is easier for the alpacas to be at ease in a building that doesn't have a big light/dark transition as they enter, and no dark shadows even when artificially lit."

The Gardiners have found the environment pleasant to work in due to the spaciousness and good ventilation of the Moo-Tel and the connecting canopies. In addition, visitors at the farm have commented on the airiness of the structure. John continues, "It's wonderful to be able to stay in the barn without artificial light. As long as there is daylight outside, it seems like day inside." An added bonus for John and Christine is how "the structure gives the feeling of being outside without the wind, rain or direct sun." Winter weather in Oregon can be harsh but the Gardiners did not have any problems with their structure. "It has also withstood the snow and some fierce gales."

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