Calf / Lamb Shelters

Made in New Zealand for over 25 years

"We have used 4 of these shelters for 4 seasons of calf rearing and they are still going strong. TM Covers have provided us with awesome customer service." Lisa, Rakaia

 

Our very popular calf shelters are made to protect your calves during the important months when they are being hand fed and raised.  We have been making them for over 25 years and frequently have farmers buying one in their first year and then after finding them very effective, buy more the next year.

 

We had one client in the other day who has had his for over 20 years - he's coming in for another - the old one is still going - tatty but still standing!

 

Buyers have also used these for sheep & goats although the goats like to use them as trampolines which is really cute until they break a pole & it all ends in tears.

  • Light-weight, yet strong
  • Easy to erect and to move about
  • Proven to last over 10 years of hard use

Previous buyers of our calf shelters tell us how much the calves enjoy these shelters and how well they do as a result. The low height of the roof keeps the calves warmer compared to an open shed, helping to increase growth rate.

 

Available in 5 lengths:

55 calves – 6 bay – 10.8m long

45 calves – 5 bay – 9.0m long

35 calves – 4 bay – 7.2m long
25 calves – 3 bay – 5.4m long
16 calves – 2 bay – 3.6m long 

(number of calves is approximate as calf breeds vary in size)

 

For pricing enquiries, click here.

 

"I didn't think the calves were going to use it but they love it.  Highly recommend to anyone rearing calves". Janine, Ruawai

 

 

The calf shelters are made in a durable HDPE fabric that will give at least five years of service under normal conditions. We've had feedback from several past customers recently that theirs are over 10 years old & still going strong (one at over 20 years!).  Had one in for repairs (15 years old) recently where a wild stag had come down from the hills & decided to put his antlers through it - a couple of patches & off it went again.  Fabric was still looking really good.

 

They come with all necessary parts for easy erection including the poles, ropes and the pegs. All you need are two warratahs, spraypaint (for marking holes in the ground), a crowbar and a sledgehammer. 

 

Relatively easy to set up, move around, dismantle and store.  When the calves have made a mess, move it to a new, clean location.

 

If you require through ventilation at the back of the shelter, you can cut the lacing twine in half & lace from the bottom & then tie off at each side about 200mm from the top - this allows the rear wall to flap down & let air in.  

 

Made in Nelson in our factory, we also use pegs and poles made in Christchurch. The heavy duty polyethylene fabric is made in Australia so is great for our extreme UV conditions.

 

"Good quality calf shelter, withstand any weather. So good we are buying another one!" Ben, Takaka

 

 

"Pissing down outside but no one wants to come out for their milk " Kurow

"All fed and gone back inside!" Kurow


Customer Feedback


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awesome trade, calves are really happy!


"Have used a calf shelter for the last three years - the calves love it and its really warm inside even on on cold day." Anne, Braeburn

"I didn't think the calves were going to use it but they love it.  Highly recommend to anyone rearing calves." Janine, Ruawai

"Great product. 2nd year using calf shelters and the calves love them.  Easy to put up and pack up. And after market service has been fantastic for any issues we did have with our 5 shelters!!" Kieran, Kurow

"Calves are loving their shelter on a crap South Otago day." Craig, South Otago

 "We have used 4 of these shelters for 4 seasons of calf rearing and they are still going strong. TM Covers have provided us with awesome customer service." Lisa, Rakaia

"We have been using these shelters for at least 7 years and have been very satisfied with them. And that they have lasted this long.

The calves are very happy and stay warm and dry in cold weather." Murray & Julie, Oamaru

"I'm always surprised how quickly the calves go in & start using them when put outside. Right from day one. They are great - we have six of the six-bays now." Sam, Eyrewell

"Pretty Incredible Structure, very well made,  we live directly opposite the sea, so the steel pegs have already started the rust effect…but such a thickness they will never rust through. I used the end of my shelter over a poor calf and it was awesome, he got up running 😁, Love your product." Carmen & Greg, Otago

 "This is our second season with the shelter and it is awesome.  Calves love it, it packed up well and looks like new this season.  It gives us the chance to get the calves outside more quickly and save the shed for the 'newbies'." Marin, Otorohanga

"We are 100% autumn calving of 900 cows in South Waikato. Due to unforeseen events of 2020 meant we were thrown into rearing most calves to weaning as there were no salesyards open during Level 4 lockdown. TM Covers shelters were hurriedly purchased to extend shelter facilities to cope. Our calves have enjoyed these and grown to weaning weight fairly quickly." Marilyn, Putaruru

 "We bought the biggest one last spring, calves used it a lot, though it did take a bit to get them used to it. We put a meal trough in there to start with to encourage them in. Seems to be made well & looks like it will last, it does take a while to put up so I wouldn't want to be shifting it every day. We also made ourselves a hole digger a bit like a soil sampler to make the holes in the ground for the fibreglass poles to cut down on the time it takes to put it up as we were shifting it every two or three days. Update to previous words - we put calves outside two days ago & 30 out of 40 were in it the first night & 39 out of 40 were in it last night, no meal bin there. We are thinking it may have taken a bit longer last year because the calves had already been outside for 3 weeks before we got it. Robert, Murupara

 "We are 50/50 sharemilking on a hill farm. It's an extreme high wind zone! We've gone from rearing calves in a woolshed to building a yard with a TM tunnel. We put our calves in the tunnel at 4 days old and once the mob gets to 45 we let them choose between tunnel and the paddock. They spend a lot of time in the tunnel and really enjoy it, we also build a feeding yard on the side of tunnel so it's nice and easy to feed calves as all paddocks on-farm are very steep and there are not many places to park a calfeteria. TM Covers made our operation a lot easier and calves are doing a lot better as a result." Andries & Johanna, Paeroa 

"They're a great asset for us transitioning the calves from in the sheds to being outside in an open paddock." Kind regards Lisa, Palmerston North

"I have a small one of these and it is brilliant and surprised me that it handled the good old Canterbury norwesters very well. It's been up all year." Jane, Oxford

"Firstly massive thanks for the cover, it arrived on Monday️. The only problem I have is that it's so good I'm going to need another one😅." Grant. Atiamuri

 "Didn't think they would go in on their own but they knew it was warmer inside." Janine, Ruawai

 

"Attached are a few photos of the calf tents in full use.  The photo of them all tucked up inside was freezing cold with gale force winds. The calves were very happy inside their houses.  We now have 500 calves outside all with your tents keeping them warm and dry." Annette, Wanganui

 

 

"Looks like it's going to blow away but the wind just blows over it, flexes the tunnel, and calves are happy on the inside. The tunnel was still all intact and standing the next morning." Andries and Johanna, Paeroa

 


Fabric Properties

  • Weight 306gsm
  • Base Cloth UV Stabilised HDPE
  • Coating UV Stabilised LDPE
  • Wing Tear - Warp 228/254N
  • Wing Tear – Weft 252/354
  • Tensile Strength - Warp 1502/1646 N/50mm
  • Tensile Strength – Weft 1606/1675 N/50mm
  • Burst Strength 3175kPa


Showroom and Factory

143 St Vincent Street

Nelson

New Zealand

 

Telephone 03 546 6809

Email sales@tmcovers.co.nz

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 4.30pm

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