Mobile Shade

Below is shown a Genesis mobile shade structure which is being used in University research on heat stress in dairy and other livestock production systems. The Genesis shade research model is equipped with a partial autonomy system which allows it move and to be controlled remotely. This enables the livestock to be contained in a micro-environment that optimizes their comfort in pasture grazing situations. Managing heat stress and optimizing animal comfort leads to higher milk production and weight gained.

A key benefit of livestock being attracted to the mobile shade unit is that the units move which results in more evenly distributed animal waste which optimizes its value as fertilizer when the placement is most uniform. Finally when animals are constantly moving under the shade there are benefits to the soil as compaction and erosion are reduced.

This is an example of precision agriculture which uses technology to manage the animal environment for better animal health and land stewardship.

The structure is equipped with a wind release mechanism that is designed to trip in high wind situations which loosens the shade cloth fabric to prevent or minimize damage to the steel frame.

Shown folded and lowered into transport position