I had a conversation yesterday with a contractor who had just taken on a dealership with a post-frame building manufacturer. In his business plan, he intends to work with horsemen who will be building barns and indoor arenas. His first step was to learn more about building for horsemen and horsewomen at a 3 day seminar hosted by the manufacturer.
He admitted his brain was full from all of the information thrown at him during the conference. We talked a bit about traditional small square bale hay storage. From a fire safety perspective and ease of filling, you can’t beat a stand-alone hay storage building built at grade level.
On the other hand, hay storage in a loft above the animals (like the old timers did it) has substantial merits:
- No further handling and transport from storage barn to animal barn required.
- No mess to sweep up in the barn aisle if dropped directly from loft into stalls.
- No concerns about ground water or moisture damaging the first tier of hay.
- Feeding time reduced significantly with "drop down" of hay through trap doors to stalls.
If you can save 10 minutes a day by using overhead hay storage that translates into real savings over 12 months. Ten minutes a day equals seventy minutes a week equals sixty hours a year!
That’s a week and half of work for someone. (Most likely, you)
What would you do with your extra week and a half of work time?