R Scott wrote:How many head? How far do you move it on average?
greg mosser wrote:in my area the folks doing rotational grazing barn their flocks at night and lead them out to their paddocks every morning.
greg mosser wrote:my pasture slopes are just a little steeper.
greg mosser wrote:i’d love to hear about it if you came up with something!
Andrew wrote:George, did you just create that drawing or did you find it somewhere? I really like it.
The downside of that is that if the animals drink the water/eat the feed, they buckets will get lighter and no longer do the job of weighing down the corner of the tarp! If the property grows rocks as well as grass and trees, I'd put rocks in the buckets.
For instance, if buckets are being used to carry feed, they could be suspended from the tripods so they don't get knocked over.
George Yacus wrote:...large triangular canvas or tarp among three tripods made of bamboo or other wooden spar material.
Dealy Blackshear wrote:At first thought I would be thinking that you have too many sheep. That’s a second thought as well.
Dealy Blackshear wrote: The next thought is, what breed are you raising?
Elizabeth Medgyesy wrote:Do all of you have structures available to your sheep (esp Am Blackbelly) every night? Do they use it? What type of sheep do you have?
Jay Angler wrote: If your tripod system had at least one leg each that is like a camera tripod with an adjustable height system, that might help compensate for the slope.
Jay Angler wrote: Have you seen pictures of the small round-wood earth-bermed shelters that Sepp Holzer makes by digging right into the hill-sides of his farm (Mountain-sides is more accurate in his case)? Would a few of those spread around the land so you don't have to go as far if there's a bad storm, and something portable for shade have potential?
Andrew Cegielski wrote:How about a geodesic dome? How big do you want the structure to be? I can easily move my PVC domes around. They can be staked down and covered easily enough. I posted about my domes last November.
I'd really like to see you try one of these and I'd be happy to help you along the way. Cheers!
Having assessed and moved many "portable structures" I suspect that a dome would struggle with both the slope and the awkwardness of moving something "round" unless you can design it to quickly and easily break it down into sections.
Alan McGill wrote:How about a dome from EMT steel conduit. They are sturdy. The dome shape sheds wind. I have covered mine with used billboard vinyl tarps which are UV resistant. desertdomes.com and domerama.com. what's the square footage you need? How many humans do you have to move them?
Andrew Cegielski wrote:How about a geodesic dome?
Andrew Cegielski wrote:How big do you want the structure to be?
Jay Angler wrote: I sewed several 1 inch button holes in the high risk areas. For the size the OP is considering, installing grommets might be a more realistic approach. It might be possible to set things up with enough slope that this is never an issue, but gravity and water seem to interact negatively no matter how hard I try to direct them!
Patrick Freeburger wrote:...maybe a series of permanent structure that could access 4+ pastures at a time? If I didn't want to bring them back to a central location, I think I would look into something like that.
It's amazing how easy it is if you actually follow some straight forward instructions!
Devon Olsen wrote:I've been thinking I need to learn some lashing anyhoe