Monday, May 24, 2010
Hog Hooch (Cattle Panel Hoop House)
We learned so much about how to build one of these cattle panel hoop houses for our Large Black Hogs from looking at the blogs and websites of other small farmers, none of which really had complete plans, but provided us with several good ideas from the photos and descriptions. So, to reciprocate, and say a big thank you to all of you who are so generous to share your ideas about livestock housing, here are the photos of the hoop house we built for our hogs in its various stages of construction.
My husband, who can build anything, says he really just made this up as he was going along, so I don't have any plans. We got the billboard tarp from the Billboard Tarp Warehouse online. This hog hooch is 3 panels long, about 13' long, and approximately 8 ' wide. We've got it tied down with t-posts driven 2' into the ground (the one we built for the chickens withstood the 70 MPH windstorm we had recently) and snugged down with ratchet straps across the top, which really make this thing solid. We'd guesstimate the total cost of construction to be approximately $300.
We secured every loose end of tarp fabric and finished it up as the sun was setting last night, utterly exhausted, wind blown, and bleary eyed. There was much complaining this morning about aching muscles and middle aged bones. I am hoping that the hogs haven't devoured it by the end of the day.