Category: Farm practices

Keep Your Cows Cool, Build Better Pasture, and Test New Grass Seeds All Under the Shade Haven.

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Hello, I am Lars Bergan, one of the owners here at Shade Haven and the recent buyer of my very own unit.

Like many of you, I did not jump up immediately and buy. I had to think about it. With only 12 beef cows, I didn’t think my farm was big enough, and I wasn’t sure I could justify it, should I buy a new manure spreader instead? But last winter I made the decision to buy. I have owned it for one season now and I can assure you firsthand that the SH1200 is a wonderful product.

Though it is wonderfully easy to move, I will confess that I did not move the Shade every day.  The longest I had the cows underneath it on one spot was three days, and if those days were hot ones, there was definitely perfectly round impression made on the landscape.

Turns out, these spots were a perfect place to start any sort of new grasses, kale, or legumes I wanted to add to the pasture. With the bare ground and manure, after one rain you have excellent germination.

The Shade works perfect. Really. More than just about any tool you’ll buy. It keeps my cows perfectly comfortable and gaining, no matter how long the hot, sunny day. Most days, I hook onto it with the tractor, and pull it into the next paddock fully open.

The other thing that helped convince me to but buy the SH1200 was the Wintertime Discount.  Selling shade in the dead of winter isn’t easy, so the team agreed to give me a $1000 discount if I bought one in December or January. If the price has been holding you back, give us a call and get a deal.  You won’t regret it.

Lars Bergan and Family

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If portable shade for livestock is such a great idea, why don’t we see portable shade in every pasture?

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Question:

“If portable shade for livestock is such a great idea, why don’t we see portable shade in every pasture?”

Answer:
“Because up until the invention of the Shade Haven in 2013, a portable livestock shade did not exist.”

And that is a fact.

If in 2012 you Googled portable livestock shade, you would have found exactly nothing. That is, if you wanted a portable shade that was actually portable, and big enough to provide protection for at least a modest sized herd, and didn’t self destruct the first time the wind decided to blow.

You found nothing because nothing existed.

What you did find was a lot of concerned discussion on the effects of too much sun and too much heat on livestock performance, especially on rotational grazing farms and ranches. And you found lots of ideas about planting trees and building buildings with misters and fans, and lots of discussion of breeding animals to tolerate more sun and more heat. And you found lots of sketchy plans for homemade shades and a few things that were kind of portable–if you owned a bulldozer.

If you sat back and looked, you realized there were a lot of arrows all pointing in the same direction: The world needs a good portable shade.

And then the sun came out!

And the Shade Haven was conceived, designed, built, tested and perfected by an old farmer and two young engineers. Using state-of-the-art computer design and drafting tools, Guthrie and Peter took a 3500 year old concept and created a thing of grace and beauty for 21st century livestock grazing.
The Shade Haven is it friends, and it is here to stay.

It solves a problem as old as Moses wandering in the desert and as contemporary as your animals being punished by the heat and looking desperately to hide from the blazing sun.

Question:
Why didn’t people carry smart phones 10 years ago?

Answer:
Because they did not exist.
How about poly-wire electric fencing?
4-wheelers?
Zero-turn lawn mowers?
Bale wrappers?
Skid-steer loaders?

Good ideas happen and the world changes for the better.
The Shade Haven, portable livestock shade that really works, is one of those ideas whose time has come.

Author: Vince Hundt, St.Brigid Meadows, WI.