Roger has been a self-employed Shed Builder (Licensed) for over 25 years and has combined his passion and knowledge of sheds, to come up with three basic designs. Over a period of time we've tried varying styles and these are what work for us. Its been a balance between keeping costs to a minimum, making them robust enough to withstand towing, the pigs preference for a low hut, and making them high enough so bedding can be easily changed. Once on site, positioning is an important factor. We face our open huts Eastward so the pigs can enjoy the morning light. From noon on, inside the hut is bathed in afternoon shade. In winter we angle open huts to the North East.
WIDGEE PIG HUTS are purpose built pig shelters on SLEDS. Construction is based around a sturdy steel frame with corrugated walls and roof. All huts have an insulated roof, good ventilation to catch cross breezes and overhanging (side & rear) eaves Each hut can be towed with a 4wd vehicle or can be linked together and pulled with a few more horsepower to save time.
We sell huts as a "flat pack" kit to reduce transport costs. You can pick up from Gulargambone and DIY at your farm or we can deliver and assemble for you on site. * NOTE: A medium level of building skill and tools are required to complete the construction.
The question has been asked regarding pigs or wind moving them around. To date, we have not encountered that problem, but as a precaution, mobile huts (just like a fixed structure) can be insured for minimal cost in case of a freak weather event.
The 3 things to be considered:
How much floor space do I need? (Guide below)
Do I want zincalume or colourbond (colour)?
Pick-up and DIY OR delivery and on-site assembly?
Under the Model Code of Practice - Pigs (Section 4.4.1) and APL National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries it is a requirement to provide shelter for Outdoor pigs. In addition to that, it is good practice to move the huts around for purposes of nutrient distribution, hygiene and for paddock accessibility (if you are following with a cropping phase).