I am one of those people that with left with too much time or even just a wandering mind will think of stuff I have no money for and won't for a while now but nothing like plannin ahead right?? My plan is of a working corral setup. I am wanting to build my meat goat herd to about 100 someday and will need a good corral setup for that. I also have horses so when building a corral I want to have it big enough I can ride in it and also big enough that if the goats go asunder that it could easily go to cattle. My thought is a 96' x 48' corral and in that corral the main corral will be 72' x 48' and the other 24' x 48' will be the working area that will have a crowd gate and chute line and chute. I was thinking today that maybe I could enclose that 24'x48' area so that way no matter what we could work in there be it snow, rain, sleet or hail! HAHA!! Plus be able to have lights and maybe some pens if necessary. Granted keep in mind this is a thought that won't be a reality for a while as I'm making up the costs and for the corral alone it'll be like $11-1200. Not taking into account the cost of the metal on the barn (or would it be cheaper to use lumber from the amish?) but in the end I think that it would be SUCH an asset. But I was wondering have any of you used those hoop barns? I was curious as to those and durability, cost? I'd love to hear on it. Also on my corral I was thinking I would use for a fence those goat panels (cattle panels that are 4" squares and pretty stout) and then using cross ties (railroad ties) for the posts every 8 feet. I did 96 x 48' as that makes it easier figuring cattle panels. HAHA!! Plus I think that's plenty big enough. I'm hoping anyways. This'll take about 2 years to get done but boy I can't wait. The big expense is them dang panels and the gates I'll need. I figured I'll need about 52 cross ties (generally free around here) about 23+- of the panels (about $7-800) , 3 16' gates and a 2' gate. Got any great ideas to make life easier on me when drawing these ideas out? I have the corral drawn out how I want but I have to make something for the covered area. I love having a braintrust like this!!