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    Hoop Structures for Beef


    Hoop barns or hoop shelters can be used successfully for finishing of cattle. In order to implement hoop designs successfully, producers need to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of housing weighed against those of traditional facilities. Hoop structures can be an option for beef production that can help to avoid some pollution control issues while providing a suitable environment for efficient growth. A roofed structure eliminates runoff and increases control over manure. The main design considerations include animal density, manure handling, feeding, animal handling, ventilation and cost.

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    Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    Iowa State University
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