Agricultural Structure: Every farmer out there has sat down and crunched the number on how much it is going to cost them to get the farm structures to where it needs to be.
Most people never consider the amount of effort, planning, and money that goes into the buildings on farmland. However, at Aquadam, we understand. We want to help farmers make the best choice that they can, in the least amount of time.
Therefore, we will be looking at some of the most common farm structures, building materials, and alternative solutions.
What can be considered Farm Buildings?
Farm buildings are any buildings on farmland. Therefore, there’s a wide array of buildings tor structures that fall in this category. Some of the most common farm structures are:
- Housing/ Residential
Most farmers live on their farm. Farming isn’t just a job, its a 24/7 hobby, job, and responsibility. They need to ensure that everything on the farm runs smoothly during the day and the night. Therefore, they are always on the farm tending to the animals and plants.
- Animal Shelters
Animals are considered assets to farmers. But we believe it goes beyond that. Most farmers would agree that they care and love the animals that they are raising. Therefore, when the weather gets a bit rough, the animals need shelter. That is why animal shelters are so important. It gives the farm animals a place to hide out from the weather conditions.
- Animal Feeding Lots
In order for animals to get enough nutrition etc. most farmers give their animals feed (even when they are free-range and walk around eating all day). For this reason, farmers need an environment where they can easily replenish food and water buckets. This is where feeding lots come in.
Greenhouses are used to cultivate plants in a controlled environment. Therefore, the farmer can control the temperature, amount of natural light and other important growth factors in the greenhouse.
- Storage / Shed / Barn
These buildings are mostly used for storage of a variety of farm equipment and consumables like feed, tractors and other farming necessities.
These are just a few of the typical agricultural buildings you will come across when you visit a farm.
Do you need a building permit to build on your farm?
The short answer is, yes.
In South Africa, and most other countries, you do need a permit from your local municipality to build on your farm. You can download the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act here.
How do you get a building permit from your municipality?
You can follow these steps to start the process of getting a building permit for your farm structure:
- Make an appointment with the most senior person available at your municipality.
- Establish the requirements for starting your building project (Ensure you are informed of all the by-laws, you can incur fines if these by-laws are not followed.)
- Apply in writing for permission from the local authority. Ensure that you are clear regarding what you intend to do.
- Make necessary adjustments required by the municipality (if there are any)
After following these steps, you should get your building permit. Always follow the law, remember that the government can check up on you with Google Earth and spot any irregularities and illegal buildings on your property.
It’s always best to do it the legal way!
What building materials can be used to build Farm Buildings?
There are many different building materials that you can use when embarking on a building journey. However, some building materials are more suited for selected applications. We will briefly go through the most common building materials used on farmland.
- Bricks / Cement
Bricks and cement are most commonly used for housing. This is due to the fact that it is durable and strong! Most farmhouses are old and were built many years ago when it was the norm to build with these materials.
However, cement and bricks are also used in more select animal shelters like pig pens due to the fact that it is easier to clean than other materials while still being durable.
Wood is a versatile material. Therefore, it can be used all over the farm: Animal Enclosures, houses, sheds and more.
However, it is important to note that wood needs to be treated (CCA Treated) before it can be used on the farm. A failure to invest in treated timber will result in your building/animal shelter rotting and falling apart within 1-3 years.
Steel is more expensive than conventional materials but can be used in the support structures for homes and animal shelters. However, it is not a common building material but rather acts as support beams, etc. in key areas of the Agricultural Structure.
Our AgriDome structure was engineered with farmers in mind, We have put together a product that has multiple application. Furthermore, this agricultural structure makes use of your space in the most efficient way possible.
What is the AgriDome Structure?
This structure was engineered with one of the strongest frame structures available, covered with PVC (Vinyl) cover and build for its strength, durability, and efficiency. This dome has been made according to SABS (South African Bureau of Standards) standards. So you don’t compromise on quality or space.
Let’s get into some of the features and benefits of our product:
Benefits of the AgriDome Agricultural Structure
No columns on the inside of this structures mean more unobstructed, usable space for the farmer.
Maintains its shape
The structure is made of hot-dipped galvanized structural steel (Q235) which means it’s one of the strongest frame structures available in the market today. The steel doesn’t shrink, swell, split, warp, rust or rot away. It’s corrosion-resistant, without any harmful chemicals that other building materials may require.
Our AgriDome Agricultural Structure has no corners, which means insects/pests have no place to hide and breed. therefore, it instantly reduces the number of pests around your animals, which could minimize various diseases and ailments in animals.
Fabric Membrane Cover (PVC)
A PVC Fabric membrane cover is one of the best options on the market when it comes to roofing. Our AgriDome is built with a rounded rooftop to allow water to run off easily.
A few of the notable features of this cover is that is: Fire-resistant, self-cleaning, Ripstop (No tearing), can withstand wind speeds of up to 24kms p/h, UV stabilized, comes in white to reflect sun rays and keep inside cool and, is made with 700gsm to ensure strength and durability.
Controlled natural light, temperatures, ventilation
Another benefit of this agricultural structure is that it has an abundance of natural light and ventilation. Furthermore, these domes stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Therefore, you don’t have to invest in additional temperature control measures for the AgriDome.
Skip the Building Permit for your Agricultural Structure
The national building regulations state that you need a permit for all permanent structures. However, AgriDome is fast and easy to install and is portable. Therefore, it is not considered a fixed structure. Skip the hassle of dealing with building inspectors, paying a fortune for architects and more.
Simply install an AgriDome for your farming shelter, feedlot, shed, etc. without any problems.
An additional benefit is a fact that it is quick and easy to build. no need to take months to finish your building project!
With the AgroDome your undercover areas now offer more options compared to conventional shelters in terms of shade, natural light and protecting your farm’s assets against weather conditions.