Information on farm building design and construction.

Labour-saving technology at this year’s Ploughing
Martin Merrick
The National Ploughing Championships is a great way for farmers to market labour-saving products to farmers, with some fantastic technology on show at this year’s event.
28 September 2022 News
Over 200 planning applications for new farm buildings in second quarter
Despite high input costs, 214 planning permission applications were granted to farmers for new builds in the second quarter of the year, according to CSO statistics.
28 September 2022 News
More cash for TAMS in solar panel push
Farm dwelling houses are to eligible for TAMS-aided solar panels under the €90m investment scheme.
Rising material costs hit farmer demand for sheds
Farmer demand for new sheds is low, although some work is being carried out extending existing facilities.
28 September 2022 Buildings
Mixture of converted and purpose-built accommodation for large organic farm
Ahead of the 2022 Teagasc organic beef open day, Martin Merrick visited host John Purcell to view the accommodation used to house the 650 steers carried through the winter.
21 September 2022 Buildings
Derogation for the use of creosote in limbo
From 31 October 2022, creosote will possibly be no longer be permissible to be used as a treatment to prolong the lifespans of fencing timber.
14 September 2022 News
Top-spec suckler shed with tiled calving area
Martin Merrick paid a visit to Co Clare suckler farmer Denis Cahalane to view his four-bay slatted shed with creep and calving areas attached.
14 September 2022 Buildings
Strong gusts leave Wexford farmyard ‘like a bomb site’
A farmer in Wexford saw damage to his sheds during what he described as a “mini tornado” on his farm on Tuesday night.
9 September 2022 News
Grazing aids for the autumn rotation
In what has been a difficult year for managing grass, some simple technologies and aids can help regarding the final grazing rotations.
7 September 2022 Buildings
Will rubber mats pay for themselves?
With the high price of building materials at the moment, inputs in to buildings are being carefully scrutinised. Martin Merrick analyses if rubber mats are a worthwhile investment.
31 August 2022 Buildings
Watch: cheap and simple Twitter farm hacks
Twitter is a great social space for farmers, but it’s also proven as a great means for farmers to share some of the more out-of-the-box thinking regarding farm hacks.
30 August 2022 Buildings
Five entry level sheep crates for Irish sheep farmers
Like a quad, a front loader or a good sheep dog, once you purchase a sheep handler you will wonder how you ever managed to farm without one.
17 August 2022 Sheep handling