Wind Protection
To Shelter Livestock

Basics of Wind Shelters
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.

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