Professor and Extension Specialist
University of Illinois Extension
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Alternative Housing encompasses many new systems that are being used for livestock production. Below you can find new information from U of I Extension on a variety of alternative structures and housing options.
Past Presentations and Historic Information:
Hoop Barn Construction Series (Dr. Morgan Hayes)
When I am not working as an agricultural engineer, I spend my free time farming on a cattle and hay operation. Recently, we have been working to expand the hay sales, and last year we decided to put up 2 new hoop barns. Previously we had 1 hoop barn on the property that was put up by a company. We decided to expand the hay storage for a total of 3 hoop barns. In order to reduce costs we decided to provide the labor. I will give some reflections on the process of installing hoop barns. I have broken down the process into 4 steps:
3. Installing the ribs and pulling the tarp
4. Final site preparation
Alternative Cow-Calf Housing Options
Recent presentations that were given at the 2015 Beef and Beyond conference in Champaign, IL are below.