Sheep housing has been used by farmers for many years because a strong, dry, protective shelter not only improves the animal’s welfare and reduces stress in the flock, but also helps to increase profitability.
Premier Polytunnels launched their Premier Sheep House in 2010. Primarily designed as a sheep shelter for small flocks, a sheep polytunnel also has many other uses throughout the year, including barn and food, hay and equipment store.
Lambing is the most important time of a sheep farmer’s year, not to mention the ewe’s, so it is no surprise that having quality lambing facilities is at the top of the farmer’s list.
Pregnant ewes and housed sheep are cheaper to feed and have lower nutritional requirements than flocks kept outside.
Adult sheep can stand the cold British weather, but newborn lambs often struggle in the cold and rain – The survival rate for lambs is higher when flocks are housed and sheltered from the elements and predators.
Sheep prefer naturally ventilated cold housing and good ventilation is essential to avoid respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, in the animals.
Premier Polytunnels launched their Premier Sheep House in 2010. Designed and developed by our senior polytunnel specialist (a Rolls Royce trained engineer, our designer is the man responsible for bringing you many of the polytunnel innovations since 1991), our Premier Sheep House has primarily been designed as a sheep shelter for small flocks. However, a sheep polytunnel has many other uses throughout the year, including barn and food, hay, and equipment store.
For detailed information about the space allowances required for sheep housing according to age, size, and class of livestock, please click here to view DEFRA's Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (Sheep) - see the table on page 21.
Our sheep housing uses a 720 gauge/180 micron polythene cover, which is white on the outside to reflect the sun’s heat and on the inside to give a cool, light interior. Light transmission is reduced to 45%, reducing the temperature inside the sheep house while still ensuring that, during daylight hours, the sheep can be seen and inspected clearly by the farmer. This polythene can be expected to last for 8-10 years.
1m high ventilation/windbreak netting is fitted around both sides and ends of the sheep shelter. The open ends are supported with a timber door frame measuring from 10ft wide up to 16ft wide x approx 7ft high, allowing access for machinery. (Openings can vary).
A sheep polytunnel is supplied as a complete unit ready for assembly onto a soil base and includes ALL of the following as standard:
- An all-steel framework – made using 50mm or 60mm diameter hoops – including foundation tubes, hoops, corner stabilisers, roof stabilisers, and Triple Ridge.
- 10ft wide-16ft wide timber door/end frame at each end.
- 720 gauge/180 micron Premier White polythene cover.
- Ventilation/windbreak netting around both sides and ends.
- Anti Hot Spot Tape.
- Anchor Plates (excluding 27ft wide and 30ft wide).
- Timber Base Rails.
- Timber Side Rails.