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Fact Sheet

Roof Structures for Conservation Practices

Conservation Practice Fact Sheet

Roof Composter with poles attached to top of concrete bins





Roofed Composter, poles attached to top of concrete bins.

NRCS conservation practices sometimes include a
roof structure. The following is an overview of the
most commonly used roof structures.

Animal Mortality Composter
A composting facility may be included as part of a
livestock feeding operation and used as a mortality
management alternative. Composting structures
sometimes include a roof to help producers maintain
optimal moisture content for successful composting.
The composter roof and bins can be configured in
several different ways. Roofs can be attached to the
bins, or freestanding.

Side view drawing of roof composter



Illinois NRCS Standard Drawing IL-ENG-163.

Winter Feeding Station
A winter feeding station may be included as part of a
managed grazing system to enable grazed livestock
to continue to feed on pasture during winter months.
The structure consists of a concrete pad with concrete
walls or curbs on three sides, and is covered by a
roof. The majority of the concrete pad is used for a
feeding area for livestock, and a small portion is used
as a manure stacking area. The concrete pad
protects the feeding area from erosion and aids in
manure collection, while the roof helps to keep
excessive moisture out of the manure and the feed.

Composter with Freestanding Roof in snow




Composter with Freestanding Roof

Winter Feeding Station



Winter Feeding Station.

Further Information
For more information about Roof Structures, please contact your local NRCS field office or visit


Date 5/2011

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