Portable animal protection shelter and wind screen

TitlePortable animal protection shelter and wind screen
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1988
AuthorsJairell, R. L., and Schmidt R. A.
Conference Name56th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 56th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1988
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationKalispell, Montana
KeywordsAnimal shelters, Blizzards, Snow drifts, Wind protection

Shelters formed by locking two steel corral panels in a 'V' pointing into the wind and covering them with reinforced plastic tarp or plastic snowfence provide temporary protection from wind and drifting snow. Developed primarily to aid stockmen by protecting problem animals during calving, these portable shelters also facilitate machinery repair or construction outdoors during blizzards or strong winds. Tests comparing porous (snowfence) and solid (tarp) coverings show greater wind protection with the porous cover, which also collects a snowdrift if blowing snow occurs. The solid tarp causes greater turbulence in the protected region, giving less wind protection, but no snow deposition occurred in tests during blizzards. Panels used in the tests were 5 ft high, 8 ft long, and weighed 105 lbs. Shelters were stable in gusts to 60 mph, when pointed into the wind. Anchoring is recommended if wind reversal is a possibility.