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5 Ways to Build Agricultural Buildings With Durability in Mind

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If you’re going to build an agricultural building, you’d better do it right. It takes a durable structure to withstand the forces of mother nature, gravity, animals and more. We realize how enticing it can be to always choose the cheapest building option.  You see cheaper materials or services that seem equal to their more expensive alternatives, so you choose the cheaper option. A building’s a building after all, right?

Absolutely not. That’s like saying “a car’s a car,” but everyone knows a 1990 beater is definitely not equivalent to a brand-new Mercedes. There are a lot of details that go into a building, and those details – no matter how small – can make or break its durability.
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A Proven Way to Save Your Hay Bales

Hay Sheds: Storing Hay Indoors Saves Bales

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72′ x 200′ x 20′ hay shed. Built by Integrity Post Structures.

Protect the value of your hay by storing it in an inexpensive Integrity hay shed. How you store hay after baling can have a big effect on losses in both quantity and quality. Bales stored indoors keep the amount of hay, tightness of bales and quality much better than hay stored outside.

Integrity hay sheds can be designed in several ways. One option is to have sheeted walls to the ground on one or more sides. You can also choose to build with roof and posts only and there are other options as well.

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How to design a multi-purpose hay shelter

You already know about the benefits of storing your hay inside: better overall quality of hay and preventing loss by keeping bales tighter.

But you may have other uses you can incorporate into your hay shelter. A multi-purpose hay shelter can be designed in a variety of ways to meet your specific needs. Have farm equipment you want to store? A barn for horses or livestock? Calving bays for cattle?

Integrity hay barns can be configured in a variety of ways: sheeted walls to the ground on one or more sides, lean-tos, roof and posts only, and more.

See how people like you have customized their buildings to meet their storage needs.

Have different needs? Get in touch with us at Integrity Post Structures and we’ll help you design a multi-purpose hay storage building that is perfect for your farm operation.

A Simple Secret to Minimize Hay Loss & Waste

Want your hay to retain its quality and value for as long as possible? Sure. Who wouldn’t.

One of the easiest and best ways you can do this is by storing it indoors.

According to North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,”Studies have shown outdoor storage losses range between 5 and 35 percent depending on the amount of precipitation, storage site location, and original condition of the bale.Storage losses are usually reduced by approximately two-thirds with indoor storage…”


“Storage losses can be significant, depending on the amount and type of precipitation, type of bale, and storage method. In some cases, it may be necessary to use indoor storage to preserve nutrients in high quality hays.” NDSU & USDA

Flexible designs for hay shelters

Integrity hay sheds can be configured in a variety of ways: sheeted walls to the ground on one or more sides, roof and posts only and more.

Post frame hay shed

Post frame hay shed


Flexibile hay shed designs

Flexibile hay shed designs


What to look for in a hay shed

While everyone’s needs vary, below is a quick list of options to consider for your shelter:

  1. Strong posts
  2. Available in cold storage, insulated or combination customized to your operation
  3. Straight walls to 24’ to give you maximum usable space allowing you to stack bales tightly against the walls
  4. Low maintenance interiors and exteriors
  5. Strong metal: our full 3/4” rib (large rib) metal gives our buildings more strength than the competitors
  6. Interlocking truss-to-post connection: our saddled truss connection gives secure fastening through the whole post. This means a better load transfer from the roof to the walls
  7. Full range of available colours
  8. Great service guarantee
  9. Industry-leading warranty

See some examples of hay shelters and start planning out your building.

Why work all year only to lose hay and erode profits? Increase your farm’s profitability with affordable indoor hay storage.

How to Prepare Your Post Frame Building Site

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart decision by choosing to build post frame.

Before the crew arrives, you’ll need to prepare your building site. Here are four tips to help guide you through the process.

1. Select the best location
Choose a location that will allow proper water drainage from all four corners of your building.  We can help you in this process by /transiting/ your site.  A transit level is used to locate level building lines. Your experienced salesperson can also help you choose the most appropriate spot. Remember to consider the finished building height (think trees) as well when choosing your building site.

A transit can be used to help level your building site.

A transit can be used to help level your building site.

You may need to analyze the topography of the site where you are preparing to build. Is the land is rolling, level or sloped?

Remember to consider the direction of the wind in your yard. And plan enough room for yards, driveways, walkways and thoroughfares to other buildings.

2. Consider the soil
How is the soil? Do you need to be concerned about rocks? You need to know if there are large rocks or sandy areas that will need to be addressed before you start grading and the crew starts building.

3. Clean and level the site
Remove all organic material—including trees and bush.  Level your site within six inches across all perimeter points of the building.

If you will be poring a concrete slab after your building’s up, you’ll want to grade your land and set your building height to a position that allows for a layer of compacted road gravel to be placed under the conrete pad.

4. Place washed rock for building outside of footprint

Arrange to have gravel delivered before the materials arrive (as per your contract) and place outside of the building footprint so the crew has plenty of room to work and are able to square up your building.

Find more pole building tips here to get ready for your post frame building.