When people purchase mobile field shelters for the first time, they often ask where the best place is to put it within their field or paddock - let us help with this guide.
Choosing a place for your mobile field shelter
When people purchase mobile field shelters for the first time, they often ask where the best place is to put it within their field or paddock. It isn’t an easy question to answer because there really isn’t a ‘best’ place. There are many variables that influence the suitability of location, however, there are two or three factors in particular that you might want to consider. Taking these into account will help you and your animals make the most of your structure.
Look at the lie of the land
One of the key factors to take into account when choosing where to settle your mobile field shelter is the lie of the land. As a general rule, if the ground slopes, you should locate your field shelter on the highest suitable point. If you leave it at the bottom of a slope, problems can arise when rainwater washes down the hillside creating a water and mud-trap around the shelter. Getting in and out of the mobile field shelter can become an extremely mucky business, for you and your animals, so it is something you want to avoid if possible.
Think about exposure to the elements
The whole point of investing in a mobile field shelter is to provide a place where your animals can shelter from the weather. In the winter, if you leave your field shelter with the open side facing towards a prevailing wind, your exposing your animals to a blast of freezing cold air, rain, hail and snow. In the summer, to the best of your ability, you’ll want to ensure the shelter provides a constant area of shade throughout the day. If your animals want to cool down, they need to have that option without causing distress.
Provide space between the boundary
Lastly, you’ll need to ensure there is no risk of one of your animals being trapped between the mobile field shelter and the boundary fence. This is particularly important where several animals are turned out together and bullying may be an issue. You want to provide either lots of space between the field shelter and the boundary or push the shelter right up against the edge of the boundary to close the space off altogether.
But of course, as we all know, the weather and other circumstance can be unpredictable. And that is one of the beauties of mobile field shelters. By clipping your shelter onto the back of a 4×4 or tractor you can relocate your structure at anytime, whatever the weather. If an area you’re already located in becomes too muddy, move the shelter to a harder, cleaner ground. If the wind changes and starts blowing in through the open side of the shelter, turn it to face another direction.
Mobile field shelters are designed to avoid the continual problems of field management, making sure your animals are always offered the most comfortable and sage living environments possible.