Information on farm building design and construction.

Tranche two approvals for TAMS breaches 7,000
Martin Merrick
As of 15 July, 7,153 applications have been approved under tranche two of TAMS III, while a review on reference costs will take place in 2025.
Does building a shed for finishing cattle pay?
10 July 2024 Buildings
Does building a shed for finishing cattle pay?
Martin Merrick does the sums on what a finishing shed would cost for housing dairy beef animals and if asks if it makes sense to build it in the first place.
Farm building maintenance this summer
3 July 2024 Buildings
Farm building maintenance this summer
Annual maintenance is a necessity to keep farm buildings in optimal working order and prolong their lifespan.
49% increase in planning permissions for Q1 of 2024
While planning permission approved applications have risen by 49%, the gross are per development has reduced by 51%.
26 June 2024 News
How to: Geotagging photos for TAMS payment
Martin Merrick outlines how to take and upload geotagged photos for TAMS payments, a new requirement brought out by the Department of Agriculture.
26 June 2024 Buildings
Maximising capacity while minimising spend on slatted tanks
With prices for concrete as they are, maximising value for money is paramount in construction of underground concrete tanks.
19 June 2024 Buildings
VAT explainer: what remains eligible for a VAT reclaim
With all the confusion surrounding VAT amid changes by Revenue, Martin Merrick outlines some of the technicalities in reclaiming VAT.
12 June 2024 Buildings
TAMS III payments to start issuing this week
Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has announced that payments will commence this week.
11 June 2024 News
Gorman slams planning ‘shackles’ on slurry stores
The IFA president is critical of the approvals process farmers must go through to get the green light to add more slurry storage.
5 June 2024 Buildings
Setting up for success with sheep dipping facilities
While being one of the most effective controls of external parasites for sheep, dipping is both a laboursome and dangerous task, though steps can be taken to reduce risks and labour.
5 June 2024 Buildings
60-point rotary and drafting system streamlining milking in Piltown
The DeLaval 60-point rotary is seeing the farm’s 400 herd of cows milked in just under an hour and a half.
29 May 2024 Buildings
Lack of cash hits on-farm construction
A combination of atrocious weather, reduced cashflow and uncertainty around the nitrates derogation has stalled a major share of farm construction work.
15 May 2024 News