Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm
At the request and urging of beef cattle feeders in southwest Iowa, this project was designed to explore the feasibility of using a hoop building to reduce the facility costs associated with feeding beef cattle in bedded confinement. Design and construction of the facility followed best available industry recommendations and judgment of the authors and experienced cattle feeders, where innovation was required. Following this initial design and construction, performance of the cattle and facility have been compared with a semiconfinement feeding facility on the same farm.
Iowa State University
Shouse, Shawn C.; Busby, W. Darrell; and Maxwell, Dallas L., "Designing a Hoop Building for Feeding Beef Cattle" (2006). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1011.