Customer Testimonials - The Baalands
Challenge - Winter shelter for sheep
Solution - ClearSpan Storage Master SolarGuard
Size: 30' wide x 72' long
Application - Sheep housing and storage space
Location - Clear Spring, MD
One requirement that Susan Shoenian of Clear Spring, MD has for her sheep farm, The Baalands, is a barn for lambing and sheltering the animals during the winter. She explains, "I'm a firm believer in housing sheep in the winter because it cuts down on my labor, since feed and water are in the barn. Less feed is needed because the sheep are warmer and don't have to walk as far, and they don't beat up the pastures."
When Susan began her search for a barn, she was already aware of the increasing popularity of fabric structures for livestock, and was attracted by their reasonable cost and the flexibility of their open floor plan. At the advice of her brother, who has his own FarmTek structure, she chose a 30' wide by 72' long ClearSpan Storage Master SolarGuard Building.
With forty commercial and registered Katahdin and Katahdin x Dorper ewes and three rams currently on her 8.2 acre farm, Susan is happy with the addition of the Storage Master. "The hoop structure is working out well," she says. "I use a quarter to a third of it for feed and equipment storage. The rest is used to house sheep." Using 8' gates, she set up movable pens inside it to contain the sheep.
Susan finds that her sheep are healthier in her FarmTek structure than they would be in a traditional wood or steel building. She explains, "I think the openness and ease of ventilation of the Storage Master helps to prevent any respiratory problems in the sheep."
For anyone looking for a building to house their sheep, Susan suggests, "Look hard at cost comparisons between fabric structures and traditional wood or steel structures. Fabric structures are hard to beat." She continues, "Whenever people visit my farm, they are interested in the hoop structure and ask many questions. I'm hoping to have one put in at the research center where I work."