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How much water do my animals need?

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Like with humans, water is the most important requirement for your livestock. But how much can you expect each animal to consume?

A number of factors can affect your livestock’s water consumption, including temperature, diet, pregnancy, lactation and animal weight.
Healthy levels of water consumption ensure that an animal will maintain its body weight, body temperature and overall health. Without enough water they will become dehydrated and malnourished.
 
The following chart can be used as a guide, but please note that these calculations are approximate only.
 
ANIMAL
Litres of water per head per day
Poultry 100 - 250mls
Sheep 3 to 12 litres
Goat 4 to 10 litres
Alpaca 2 to 12 litres
Deer 6 to 12 litres
Pig 10 to 35 litres
Horse 18 to 45 litres
Beef Cow 30 to 55 litres
Dairy Cow 30 to 75 litres

*The higher numbers represent the amount of water recommended for lactating animals or hot conditions.
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A testimonial from Susan who has 5 Outpost buildings!

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 4th, 2016.      0 comments

"Outpost Sheds make a real statement on our property. Over the years we have purchased 5 buildings, one being for calves and the other 4 for alpacas.

We always use the permanent green roofing as it blends in with the surroundings and I think it has a calming effect on stock  (and also us humans). The latest shed has a tack room which is ideal for holding hay as it is at the back of the property and I don't have to carry feed across the paddocks. Delivery from Timaru is always prompt and without hassles and the assembly instructions are so precise that even a child ( or maybe a teenager ) could follow them for construction.

Visitors to the farm always comment on the sheds and I must say they look very appealing to the eye and make the place look tidy.
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The alpacas go in for shelter and I can feed them in there out of the rain saving on feed which they won't eat if it gets wet.

On my other sheds  I can shut the gate on one side of shed to keep mum and cria dry and warm during inclement weather and at birthing time.

The fact they can be moved if you don't get it right first time is a bonus.

The staff at Outpost are very cooperative and helpful and always available if you have any questions re delivery or assembly.

If we ever need a shed or shelter for chooks, calves, alpacas or in fact any stock  Outpost would be my first option their sheds are built to last and last.

Susan 

Waikato

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​Livestock appreciate shelter from bad weather

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Livestock appreciate shelter from bad weather

  • Livestock can usually cope fairly well with either rain or wind or cold temperatures.
  • When two or more of these conditions occur together, livestock can quickly become chilled.
  • If they get so cold that they shiver, their requirement for feed increases hugely, and if they don’t get extra feed they soon lose weight.
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