Information on farm building design and construction.

Slatted floors for sheep and calves: the pros and cons
Martin Merrick
With the recent straw shortages and another mediocre harvest on the cards, Martin Merrick analyses what merits there are in having slatted flooring vs. straw bedded for drystock.
TAMS applications: avoiding the pitfalls when applying
3 April 2024 Buildings
TAMS applications: avoiding the pitfalls when applying
With up to 50% of TAMS applications receiving queries, the DAFM has sought to reduce these by educating agents and farmers on some of the common errors.
Greenfield dairy unit with all the bells and whistles
27 March 2024 Buildings
Greenfield dairy unit with all the bells and whistles
John Keane has created a top-spec, new build parlour, handling area and cubicle accommodation for his new dairy enterprise in Mayo.
Ready-mix costs increase by 46.6% over three-year period
CSO figures show that while structural steel and timber costs are down, ready-mix, gravel and cement have all increased again this year.
20 March 2024 Buildings
Replacement heifer accommodation to the fore in Waterford
With yearling accommodation switched over to cow cubicles, a new purpose-built heifer cubicle shed and calf house were built earlier this year.
13 March 2024 Buildings
Applying for the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme
Martin Merrick highlights some of the eligible buildings, the criteria and the application process on applying for the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant.
6 March 2024 Buildings
Rubber mats fall foul of VAT reclaim change
The farmer in question had bought the mats two year prior, but had waited to submit their VAT reclaim.
5 March 2024 Buildings
Watch: new 170-calf shed in the Déise future-proofs farm
Shane Fitzgerald and his family have recently completed a top-spec, five-bay calf shed, just in time for the busy spring period.
28 February 2024 Buildings
Priority approval announced for TAMS tranche two applications
The Minister of Agriculture announced that similar to tranche one, tranche two applicants can now apply for priority approval for urgent investments under TAMS.
20 February 2024 Schemes
Watch: top-spec calf shed ramps up accommodation for 520-cow herd
With nearly all calves reared on the farm, good-quality accommodation for youngstock is a priority for the McGranes.
14 February 2024 Buildings
Specifications announced for TAMS herd health monitoring
A popular new addition to TAMS III, specifications for herd health and fertility monitoring systems have now been released by the Department. Martin Merrick reports.
7 February 2024 Management
Galway farmer refused planning for biosolids storage shed
The agricultural shed was set to store up to 12,000t of compost and biosolids which would be spread on farmland.
31 January 2024 News