Designing a Post Frame Building for Livestock

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As one of the leading designers of post frame buildings in West VirginiaMQS Structures has built many types of agricultural buildings for various reasons.  Some structures are built to house heavyduty machinery like tractors, combines, trailers, or other farm equipment.  Other buildings are for storage purposes, whether it’s farm supplies or excess inventory.   

One more popular option for West Virginia farm buildings is to serve as a home for livestock such as cattle, pigs, or chickens.  In order to take good care of these animals and keep them healthy, your West Virginia agricultural building should be able to provide two essential things for your livestock: 


  • – A Constant Supply of Fresh Air 
  • – A Safe Shelter from Severe or Extreme Weather 

A Constant Supply of Fresh Air 

Animals naturally generate heat and gases, especially during the summer heat.  One way to prevent excess gas and unhealthy air is by cycling in fresh air.  Fresh air will help prevents respiratory diseases which are most common for cattle that are housed primarily inside.  Large fans can be set up inside the building to provide ventilation for the animals and keep the air constantly flowing.   

Also, many buildings are designed with a cupola at the tallest point on the roof.  A cupola allows fresh air to come in from the outside while releasing stale, unhealthy air from the inside.  A cupola is also aesthetically pleasing as it gives West Virginia post frame buildings more of a traditional barn look. 

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A Safe Shelter from Severe or Extreme Weather 

Weather can be unpredictable at times, and you want to make sure your West Virginia post frame building is capable of housing livestock during the worst conditions.  Pasture is typically a perfectly healthy option for cattle or horses as the fresh air and open spaces are ideal for these animals.   

But in the event of a blizzard, severe thunderstorm, or tornado, your livestock should have a structure large enough for them to take shelter in temporarily.  A post frame building in West Virginia, with one open door, should suffice in most situations; however, during the brutal cold, a fully enclosed building may be necessary to house smaller and more vulnerable animals. 

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If your farm could benefit from one of the various West Virginia farm buildings we offer, contact MQS Structures.  Our experienced and reliable team will provide you unmatched service from the design process until your building is complete.  We provide handson personal attention to all of your questions and concerns. 

Give us a call today at (855) MQS-3334, or your can request a quote online.  We look forward to working with you! 

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