Livestock containment areas are exposed to an onslaught of corrosive conditions. Outdoor corral panels are constantly exposed to the elements: moisture, freezing temperatures and humidity contribute to the corrosion of metal components. This exposure is especially problematic in regions with high levels of precipitation or extreme weather conditions. The acidic nature of animal waste and high livestock traffic can accelerate the corrosion process, leading to deterioration of fences, gates, and other metal structures within the pens. Additionally, fairgrounds typically employ cleaning agents to maintain hygiene in animal pens. While these agents are essential for sanitation, some cleaning solutions may contain chemicals that can contribute to corrosion. If not properly rinsed or if the cleaning agents are corrosive, they can affect the longevity of metal components.
“This was the first time ever working with a galvanized product, and the job went really well,” Kleinsasser stated. “I am looking at expanding my galvanized product line as an option. The galvanizing representative came out and spent time in our design and fabrication stages and the finished product is great.”
Recognizing the challenges at hand, the South Dakota State Fair Board chose to explore a galvanized product when the time came to replace the panels in their show barns. Hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) emerged as a standout choice, offering robust protection for outdoor animal pens. This process forms a durable and corrosion-resistant coating on metal surfaces. Given South Dakota's harsh weather conditions, the shielding against the elements provided by hot-dip galvanizing proved significantly advantageous compared to paint. Notably, galvanized steel demands minimal maintenance in comparison to alternative methods, establishing it as a practical and cost-effective solution to ensure the longevity and durability of structures that may remain unused for extended periods throughout the year.
The new galvanized panels are also movable, so scratching isn’t a concern when stacking and transporting. The previous panels (and those yet to be replaced) display rust and discoloration where the paint had worn or been chipped, while hot-dip galvanizing offers a maintenance-free solution, ensuring a clean and uniform appearance for years without the need for annual repainting.
Cody Kleinsasser, General Manager of Vern's Mfg., consulted with his local galvanizer about replacement panels, and has been extremely pleased with the results. “This was the first time ever working with a galvanized product, and the job went really well,” Kleinsasser stated. “I am looking at expanding my galvanized product line as an option. The galvanizing representative came out and spent time in our design and fabrication stages and the finished product is great.”
In fact, the Fair Board has ordered an additional 200+ tons of replacement panels over the next two years and is strongly considering additional panels as part of their future expansion plans. With the capability to safeguard vast acres of display areas not only at the South Dakota Fairgrounds but also in numerous similar applications across the country, hot-dip galvanizing is well positioned as the protective coating of choice!
Food & Agriculture
Huron, SD United States
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Quality of HDG, Sustainability
All components except for the spring-loaded pin to secure gate. This consisted of tube and solid rod material.
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