Wintering & Loafing Shelters

Shelters suitable for a wide range of animal housing

SmartShelters' farming structures are the ideal shelter option for the whole spectrum of animal housing - from short-term needs through to longer-term applications.

If you're considering wintering your stock under cover or looking at covering a loafing pad, a SmartShelters structure is an excellent way to provide that shelter from the elements. Spacious, clear span, well-ventilated and brightly lit, your stock are sure to do well in a SmartShelter. 

  • Productivity
  • Increase milk production and reduce feed costs
  • Avoid expensive off-farm grazing
  • Make winter milking viable
  • Animal welfare
  • Improve cow condition and comfort through winter
  • Eliminate respiratory problems with SmartShelters’
  • industry leading airflow
  • Reduce mastitis
  • Cleaner udders and improved herd health
  • Environmental impact
  • Heavily reduced nutrient leaching in the wet months
  • Fully contained system provides total effluent capture
  • Off pasture wintering eliminates pugging and leaching
Key Numbers
  • 10-12m2 recommended space allocation per cow
  • 800mm of feed face/cow recommended for fair feeding
  • 50% feed savings
  • 5-10 degrees cooler in summer for ideal cow comfort and heat stress relief
  • 40m clearspan, no centre poles to hit
  • Custom configurations can be designed to suit your site 
Design considerations:
  • Install a membrane liner beneath your drainage system to future proof against regulation changes.
  • Ridge vents are required for removal of moisture accumulation
  • SmartShelters lend themselves perfectly to both woodchip and composting barn systems, as the constant airflow generated by the arched roof design keeps the bedding clean and healthy
  • Bedding should be mixed and aerated daily to prevent a crust forming
  • Heavy woodchip lasts longer and keeps cows cleaner
  • SmartShelters internal environment matches the optimal temperature range for cows; warmer in winter and up to 10 degrees cooler in summer
  • Most popular configuration features feeding through the sides with water supplies outside of the bedding area


12 Year Warranty
High Snow Ratings
High Wind Ratings
Proudly NZ Made
The Department of Conservation employed SmartShelters to create a helicopter hangar and accommodation shelters for use in the Mouse Eradication Project in the wild Antipodes Islands. Check out our video on location.
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12 Year Warranty
High Snow Ratings
High Wind Ratings
Proudly NZ Made