At this time of year, excavation work is carried out on many farms for new slatted tanks. A while back, I wrote about new equipment acquired by Co Meath contractor King Concreting to help ensure proper compaction of back-filling around new tanks. This provides solid foundation for feed passages and shed floors.

A number of readers contacted me and reported cracking of concrete in feed passages, which they suspected was caused by inadequate compaction of back-fill material.