If you are cattle producer, you have no doubt considered covering your cattle yards at some point, particularly when the weather is wet and wintry – or when you are working long hours in the yards under the hot summer sun.
A cattle yard cover can be a really good investment, because there are so many benefits – reducing mud in the yards, providing flexible working hours, improving staff retention and boosting animal performance, to name a few – and for this reason cattle yard covers, like sheep yard covers, are proving to be incredibly popular.
So, if you too are considering building a roof over your cattle yards to take advantage of these benefits, then you probably have a few questions. And one of the most frequent questions we are asked about cattle yard covers, is: How much does it cost to cover cattle yards?
In this article we’ll discuss the cost to cover cattle yards, cattle yard cover prices in 2022 and the factors that will influence how much you will pay for your cattle yard cover including what makes prices go up and what makes them go down.
If you are wondering how much it would cost to build a cover over your cattle yards, then this is the article for you.
How Much Does It Cost To Cover Cattle Yards?
So, how much does it cost to cover cattle yards?
Over the past twelve months, the average cattle yard cover project has cost approximately $110,000 including GST, erection costs and footing concrete.
Keep in mind that this is an average cost and covers a wide range of projects with varying sizes and designs. The price guides below will give you an idea of how prices can vary from project to project.
Cattle Yard Cover Prices
Here is a list of some of the most popular cattle yard cover sizes and an approximate price range for each. Prices include GST, erection costs and footing concrete.
- A 24m x 18m x 4m cattle yard cover with gable infills would cost approx. $60,000 – $80,000.
- A 32m x 15m x 3.5m cattle yard cover would cost approx. $70,000 – $90,000.
- A 32m x 21m x 4m cattle yard cover would cost approx. $90,000 – $110,000.
- A 32m x 24m x 4m cattle yard cover would cost approx. $100,000 – $125,000.
- A 48m x 24m x 5m cattle yard cover with gable infills would cost approx. $150,000 – $185,000.
- A 40m x 30m x 4.5m cattle yard cover with gable infills would cost approx. $195,000 – $230,000.
We hope these price guides help you with your budgeting and give you an indication of how much you can expect to pay for your cattle yard cover project.
Next up we discuss the main factors that influence the cost of a cattle yard cover.
Factors That Influence The Price Of A Cattle Yard Cover
It is worth considering that while these additions will add to the short-term cost of your project, they will allow you to get the most out of your yard cover, ensuring it is a practical, workable investment – and in the long run it could save you money, for example; installing skylights in your cover allows you to take advantage of the available natural light when working, potentially saving you money on your electricity bill!
Conversely, a poor design could cost you money, for example, a poorly designed yard cover may mean that the columns interfere with the yard design, resulting in further costs to fix the issue.
So, like the size of the yard cover, the design of the yard cover is not an area where we would recommend cost cutting especially if the changes impact how effective the yard cover is.
So, first and foremost make sure the design works! Talk to our building consultants to learn about how we approach the design stage, and work in with yard designers to provide a yard cover that fits neatly and seamlessly over the cattle yards.
The cost of materials are significant to any building project and a cattle yard cover is no different. The main material costs for your cattle yard cover project will be structural steel, hot dip galvanising and cladding, we discuss each of these below.
A cattle yard cover designed and built by Action Steel, is manufactured from Australian-made steel including heavy-duty UB columns and open web trusses. This means that cattle yard covers, like many other products and construction projects, are subjected the volatility of steel prices.
You might be interested in the article – Are Steel Prices Decreasing?
The second material cost to consider is the cost of hot-dip galvanising both the columns and trusses of your cattle yard cover.
Hot-dip galvanising is the most effective corrosion protection coating, and this is reflected in the price – as the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for.’ As every Action Steel shed is fully hot-dip galvanised after manufacture, you can expect to pay more for an Action Steel cattle yard cover than a painted or pre-galv yard cover from an alternative supplier. A cattle yard cover can be a highly corrosive environment, so we strongly suggest choosing the hot-dip galvanised option, to ensure your investment lasts a lifetime.
The third point to consider is the cladding option your choose for you cattle yard cover. We offer two cladding options – zinc cladding and Colorbond cladding. Zinc is the less expensive cladding option and is used for the majority of farm shed builds such as cattle yard covers. You may want to consider using Colorbond cladding if you live near the coast though, for additional corrosion protection.
The fourth factor that will influence the price of your cattle yard cover is how complex the project is.
Details like limited access to the site and having to work in with existing buildings may impact of the price of your project. For example, if the construction team have limited access to the site, the yard cover may take longer to complete, and as a result will cost more.
Another point to consider is, if you are building a more complex yard cover, like the bull sale facility for Banquet Angus, there may be additional building code requirements that your cover will need to satisfy (depending on the classification of your project) such as including personal access doors, allowing for disabled access or providing toilets and amenities.
If you have any questions about these points, feel free to call us on 1800 68 78 88 and one of our building consultants will be more than happy to help.