When we decided to get the calves I knew I needed to make some sort of shelter for them so they could get out of the rain and late afternoon sun. I didn’t want to break the bank to build it, so I started looking around at what I had to use. I had made the sheep shed out of pallets, so why reinvent the wheel? I set off to make a pallet shelter. This one was going to be temporary. At some point I plan to make a little more permanent, bigger, and maybe cement floored shelter, but not yet. The pallets would be held in place by T posts. So I found a few pallets the same size and some T posts.
In order to hold the pallets securely, I need to add a piece of scrap wood to each pallet, like this…
Once I had the pallets in place, I took a piece of cattle panel and bent it into an arc. I attached it to the pallets one side at a time using fencing staples.
Once both sides were attached I added the tarp.
I used exterior grade zip ties to fasten it into place. It is up against the fence, so the back side didn’t need any extra support.
It isn’t pretty to look at, and it won’t win any awards for engineering, but it works andit only took an hour to build. It was free to make, as I had all the supplies already on hand, and most of those supplies can be reused again if I am careful with them when I take it apart.
I think I posted on the Facebook page a while back something to the effect of, “Pallets and cattle panels are the duct tape of the Homestead.” Pretty accurate I think.