A hoop barn system, built in 2004, was compared with an outside feedlot with a shed over several years, under common management. Cattle performance was similar between the two systems, although the labor needs were more continuous for bedding operations in the hoop barn. The hoop barn had minimal runoff. The barn was one of the first working examples of feeding beef cattle in bedded confinement hoop barn systems. The site was visited by thousands of cattlemen. Now confinement hoop barns are a proven housing system for cattle. The objective was to replace and revise the original hoop barn, which was destroyed by wind in 2017.
How to Cite:
Honeyman, M. & Goode, T. & Shouse, S. & Maxwell, D., (2019) “A Revised Beef Cattle Feeding Hoop Barn”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2018(1).