Calf Sheds & Calving Sheds For Low-Stress Calf Rearing & Calving

Farm Sheds

Calf sheds and calving sheds play an important role in improving cow comfort and calf performance.

Calf sheds and calving sheds play an important role in improving cow comfort and calf performance.

Creating a low-stress environment keeps cows calm and allows calves to thrive – and reduces your stress too!

Increase Cow Comfort with An Action Calving Shed

Over the past few years calving sheds have grown in popularity, particularly across South West Victoria, as dairy farmers look to improve cow comfort and performance.

Finding the ideal balance of airflow and weather protection is important for keeping cows cool, sheltered and stress-free and for reducing ammonia build up.

This is often best achieved with a two-sided configuration with design features such as ridge vent for effective airflow and gable infills and a cantilevered canopy for weather protection.

It is also important to ensure your calving shed design addresses industry requirements such as square metre/cow. The latest Calf Shed & Calving Shed Guide includes more details on this. 

Give New Calves The Best Possible Start With An Action Calf Shed

A custom calf shed allows each batch of calves to thrive not just simply survive.

Best practice calf shed designs typically use a three-sided open front configuration with sliding doors that can be opened or shut for airflow or weather protection, as well as providing easy machinery access.

This is also a good configuration for hay storage and general storage such as bedding and machinery, however, it is important to maintain separation between calf-rearing areas and storage.

Here are some more tips for maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in a calf shed – How To Keep Your Calf Shed Clean

Choosing the correct flooring for your calf shed is also essential, and you can find some suggestions here – What Is The Best Calf Shed Bedding Material?

Dairy Australia’s Designing A Calf Housing System also includes advice on a range of topics from initial planning through  to flooring and biosecurity.

Corrosion Protection With Concrete Panels & Hot Dip Galvanized Steel

Calving sheds and calf sheds are highly corrosive environments which is why concrete panels are a must-have inclusion on your shed project (they can be a cost-effective inclusion too as we manufacture the panels in-house).

Concrete panels protect the shed cladding from both rust and machinery damage, increasing the longevity of the wall sheeting.

Concrete panels in a calf shed also help to create a versatile asset. For example, the shed could be repurposed to store almond hulls or grain.

Additionally, for the ultimate corrosion protection, every Action shed is fully hot-dip galvanized – both the UB columns and the open web trusses. This is why Action sheds are the ideal choice for dairy shed infrastructure projects.

You can learn more about hot dip galvanizing here.

Address The Details With Our Building Consultants

We recommend details such as site selection and drainage, shed orientation and airflow are addressed early in the project planning stage.

Our building consultants have decades of experience in the dairy industry and can guide you through these details and industry requirements such as square metre rates. 

Call us to discuss ideas and options for your calving shed or calf shed project. 

Calf Shed & Calving Shed Options

Standard Farm Shed Sizes
& Designs

The standard shed spans and sizes we offer have been extensively researched and designed to suit agricultural and farming operations.

If you require a particular size and shape please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak with one of our shed professionals.

Span Length HeightBay Size
15m  (50ft)x24mx6m8m
15m  (50ft)x32mx6m8m
18m  (60ft)x32mx6m8m
18m  (60ft)x40mx6m8m
21m  (70ft)x32mx6m8m
21m  (70ft)x40mx7.5m8m
24m  (80ft)x40mx6m8m
24m  (80ft)x40mx7.5m8m
24m  (80ft)x48mx7.5m8m
24m  (80ft)x64mx7.5m8m
24m  (80ft)x80mx7.5m8m
30m  (100ft)x56mx7.5m8m

Design Options & Ideas for
Your Farm Shed

We offer a range of options to help you customise and tailor you farm shed to suit your needs.

Learn about these options and discuss your farm shed project design with our building consultants.

Australian-Made Steel Cladding

We offer two cladding profiles for your shed project – Trimclad® or corrugated iron.

While most of our farm shed build are clad with zinc cladding, we do also offer Colorbond cladding.

If you aren’t sure which options would best suit your shed project, our guide helps explain the advantages and disadvantages of the two products.

View some of our calf shed and calving shed projects

50m x 27m x 5m calving shed with 5 metre canopy

Cobrico VIC

50m x 27m x 5m calving shed

Irrewillipe VIC

51m x 12m x 6m calving shed

Dreeite VIC

59.5m x 30m x 5m calving shed

Leongatha VIC

102m x 21m x 6m calf shed

Mount Schank SA

64m x 15m x 5.5m calf shed

Irrewillipie VIC

64m x 15m x 5.5m calf shed

Irrewillipie VIC

48m x 12m x 4.5m calf shed

Laang VIC

48m x 12m x 6m calf shed

Nirranda South VIC

82.5m x 24m x 4.2m calving shelter

Grassmere VIC

50m x 24m x 5m calving shed

Macorna VIC

18m x 12m x 4m open-front calf shed

Bostocks Creek VIC

Contact our expert building consultants today to discuss your requirements!

1800 68 78 88




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