Basics of Wind Shelters
To Shelter Livestock
If we use a snow fence to protect animals, the shelter zone becomes a
snowdrift every winter. So how do we build a wind shelter that doesn't fill
the protected zone with snow? The trick is to divert the drifting snow around
the ends of the shelter. That means the barrier can't be porous, and it can't
be too wide, compared to it's height. Snowdrifts around well-designed shelters
form outside the wind protection zone.
The first step in a wind shelter design is to decide which wind direction is
most frequent in blizzards. Shelters will protect against winds from a wide
range of directions, but the better the estimate of average blizzard direction,
the less snowdrifts reduce the protected zone. Occasional storms from
directions beyond the design range of the shelter can cause problems.
To Wind Protection for Livestock