Hay shed with girder trusses

How High Should I Build My Shed?

Here’s a quick guide to help you decide how high your new shed needs to be – and remember our building consultants are more than happy to visit site to make sure every detail is considered.

Hay Shed

The height of a hay shed is mainly governed by the capacity of the equipment that the farmer uses to load/unload their shed:

  • Those that load their shed with a front-end loader, are generally limited to stacking the big square bales up to six in height (or four round bales) – to accommodate this, a shed height of 6m would be required (or 5.25m for round bales).
  • With a telehandler though, big square bales can be stacked in excess of eight bales in height – however, it is obviously of utmost importance to put safety first when stacking bales this high.
  • Other common eave heights when storing big square bales, are 6.75m (seven bales high) and 7.5m (eight bales high).
Hay shed with girder trusses

Machinery Shed

  • For most cropping operations a minimum of 6 metres is required so that there is enough clearance for machinery such as air seeders.
  • If you intend to install roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will have to allow an additional 500mm (approx.) to your required clearance height to allow for the sliding door beam or roller door drum.

Shearing Shed

  • The most common height for shearing sheds is 4.2m.

The reason for this is that most raised board sit 1.2m above the concrete wool room floor, so 4.2m allows for a minimum clearance height of 3m from the top of the shearing board, to the underside of the roof. This makes for comfortable shearing conditions for shearers and ensures sufficient sliding door clearance heights on to the board.

shearing shed complex

Sheep Yard Cover

  • The eave height of most sheep yard covers tend to be within the 3m – 3.5m range.

It is important to allow sufficient height for a tractor to clean out the yards, but at the same time not allow too much weather to come into the yards. Please keep in mind that the depth of the trusses will impact on the clearance height throughout the cover though.

Cattle Yard Cover

  • Most common eave height would be between 4m – 5m.

Ensure enough clearance is allowed for a tractor to clean out the yards, and lift cattle out of the crush if required.

Remember that although a shed can be made longer in the future, it cannot be made higher. 

Talk to us to find out what height would work best for your shed.

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