Livestock housing for calfs
The calf rearing Pop-Up tunnel is suitable for calves from 2 weeks to 4-5 months. A high welfare alternative to calf hutches or a traditional portal frame shed, the Pop-Up tunnel provides a well ventilated space full of diffused natural light, creating an open environment formed with good airflow and loose bedding.
Stocking density is dependent on the expected finishing weight, typically this works out as a maximum of 65 calves per Pop-Up ‘pod’. Sold as individual ‘pods’ at a fixed size of 9 x 22 metres; the Pop-Up is an expandable building system where additional ‘pods’ can be connected along both length and side-by-side to form a larger building to accommodate larger herds.
An immediate, flexible solution to calf housing, the Pop-up is designed to be rapidly installed, packed down and moved for maximum flexibility without compromise. Its easy installation stems from the buildings modular system of parts. Designed to simply slot together with minimal fixings and secured to the ground with auger anchors (negating any advanced ground works or concreting).
We understand that farming can be financially challenging; set-up costs can quickly close down any expansion ambitions. At McGregor Polytunnels we are now able to provide pricing options for financing our products, with a range of options up to a 5 year repayment period. If this is of interest please get in contact and let one of our sales team know your interest.
Each Livestock Pop-Up ‘pod’ has a width of 9.0 metres, a length of 22.0 metres and ridge height of 3.9 metres. The building’s structure is manufactured from 60mm (section), 1.5mm thick, Z35 hot-dip galvanized steel tube providing superior structural integrity along with a lasting and high-quality finish. Each pod is stabilised with 3 purlins and supplied with diagonal cross bracing – fitted at each gable-end, creating a robust structure.
The Pop-Up is clad in a 600gm olive green PVC cover with an integrated translucent window strip. The window strip fills the internal space with diffused natural light creating the perfect environment for rearing calves. Robust side netting, formed of livestock mesh, compliments the buildings open structure in providing exceptional ventilation, controlling airflow and breaking winds while safely and securely retaining livestock with a 3.5 KN/m breaking strain. Access is provided by three 1.5 metre gable-end hurdle gates – supplied at each end of the building as standard.
The Livestock Pop-Up is designed to be installed onto a bare field; fixed to the ground with auger anchors. Auger anchors screw 1.0 metre into the ground and are positioned at each hoop termination – a total of 24 positions for each pod. In addition to the hoop anchors each of the four gable-end uprights is anchored with 0.5 metre deep auger anchor.
Ideal for tenant farmers the Livestock Pop-Up is classed as a semi-permanent structure; the Pop-Up can be fully dismantled and moved to a new location with minimal disruption. Simply slotted together and secured with minimal fixings, the structure is extremely resilient and just as capable being used as a permanent structure. Safeguarding the longevity of the product, the Pop-up’s modular design allows all components, structural steel and cladding to be replaced independently if damaged or worn throughout the buildings life.
An expandable building system; the Pop-Up can be increased in size by adding additional pods, additional pods can be connected to the next by their gable ends or side by side in a traditional ‘multi-span’ formation. Additional pods come at a lower price as their connecting edges will share components – pods can be added to the initial structure at any time allowing the building to expand as a herd size increases.
Sold and dispatched with a full installation manual, this building can be self-installed by a capable team (with use of a two person auger machine). Some customers may prefer to use a dedicated installer for their building – if this is required we can supply a list of dedicated installers nation wide. This building is packed and dispatched as a palletised kit and can be distributed worldwide.