Information on farm building design and construction.

VAT explainer: what remains eligible for a VAT reclaim
Martin Merrick
With all the confusion surrounding VAT amid changes by Revenue, Martin Merrick outlines some of the technicalities in reclaiming VAT.
11 June 2024 News
TAMS III payments to start issuing this week
Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has announced that payments will commence this week.
5 June 2024 Buildings
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.
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
Know your limits with pits
The issue of silage pit capacity needs to be considered before the silage season begins on farms, which have increased their cow numbers, writes Martin Merrick.
15 May 2024 Buildings
TAMS costings: review required amid skewed results
TAMS costings have been falling far short of actual costs for some time, but how does TAMS III reference costs stack up.
8 May 2024 Buildings
Underpasses given specification following inclusion in TAMS
With no previous specification for underpasses, the Department of Agriculture recently released the minimum requirements for TAMS aid.
1 May 2024 Buildings
Approving all TAMS applications 'means nothing' until letters reach farmers
The ICMSA claims that while the announcement that all tranche three applications will be accepted is welcome, it means little until farmers get the green light to go ahead with works.
24 April 2024 News
Farm building approvals rise but overall build area declines
Although there were an additional 70 planning permissions granted in 2023 for agricultural buildings, the overall area of buildings constructed has decreased, reports Martin Merrick.
17 April 2024 Buildings
Slatted floors for sheep and calves: the pros and cons
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.
10 April 2024 Buildings