Environmental Conditions in a Bedded Hoop Barn with Market Beef Cattle

  • Jay D. Harmon (Iowa State University)
  • Shawn C. Shouse (Iowa State University)
  • Mark S. Honeyman (Iowa State University)


The objective was to document the environment of a bedded hoop barn used for feeding market beef cattle. A comparison between a bedded hoop barn and an open-front feedlot building was conducted in southwest Iowa. The hoop barn was oriented north-south on a ridge with no windbreak. In summer, temperature was relatively consistent between the structures and ambient conditions, although the north end of the hoop barn had a slightly elevated dew point temperature. A summer temperaturehumidity index showed that the hoop barn had fewer hours in “alert” category than either open front or ambient conditions. In winter, a cold stress index showed that the open-front barn provided the most shelter for the cattle with 92% of the hours classified as “no impact,” compared with the hoop barn at 77% of the hours as “no impact” and ambient at 51% of the hours as “no impact.” Both ends of the hoop barn were open, except for piled big round bales for a windbreak during winter. Bedded hoop barns offer a viable alternative for feeding beef cattle.

Keywords: ASL R2326

How to Cite:

Harmon, J. D., Shouse, S. C. & Honeyman, M. S., (2008) “Environmental Conditions in a Bedded Hoop Barn with Market Beef Cattle”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-266

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Published on
01 Jan 2008
Peer Reviewed