We had discussed, and decided that we would put mats down around our barn area where the most mud gets created by a thousand hoof prints. and create a trail out to where we build our manure pile.
Our does are housed in an old Cow dairy hay barn that we had at one time converted over for pigs. There are a lot of concrete floors that we poured one small section at a time, mixing it all by hand with Portland cement, and gravel. Conveniently for us those big pens with concrete floor that we used for farrowing, gave us nice large pens for kidding in. We also have a reasonably sized indoor area that our girls can come to the hay feeders, and in out of the weather as well as having a dry clean place to bed down. With the concrete we are able to clean our doe pens regularly throughout the rainy months here in Oregon.
Off the back of our barn is an extension of the concrete slab that at one time was slated to have a shed roof put over it, and we still plan to get there, someday. For now, it gives the does a nice porch, it is around this that we placed the stall mats to help give them more room to roam on a drier surface.
Once the indoor area for sheep is complete, they will be joined by our Boer herd. The Boer does have a slightly different nutritional management from our Dairy herd, and they are more aggressive toward our dairy does, and so they will be housed separately