Agricultural Steel Buildings
Strength & Safety Combined for Agricultural & Equestrian Applications
The low cost, ease of construction, durability and superior performance of steel has upended the agricultural industry.
The time spent on planning and engineering steel building systems has resulted in superior designs. With unparalleled strength-to-weight ratios, clear-span areas, even tax credits, steel has become the first choice for farming structures.
Welcome to the future. The move to steel buildings in the agricultural field over the last few decades has been evident and inevitable. The need for a change to ‘the way things have always been done’ was pointed out nearly 30 years ago in the Canadian Farm Buildings Handbook.1 The introductory paragraphs of this very forward-thinking publication states, “Practices for the production of animals and plants change rapidly as new technology and management evolve, and so the structure and layout of farm buildings must also change.”
And indeed, the advent of the Pre-engineered Steel Building has played a large part in this evolution. The growing use of these pre-fabricated kits proves that they have become the de facto standard in modern dairy, agricultural, and equestrian building techniques. The reasons are clear and compelling. They are lower in cost than traditional wood-framed buildings, quick and easy to construct and provide unparalleled durability and superior performance in all weather conditions. Also, they are less expensive to insure and are highly energy-efficient. Any well-planned investment in construction or expansion in this industry must include due diligence in consideration of the Pre-engineered Steel Building.
If you work in the agriculture field, be it raising horses, growing crops, or dairy farming, you know that every dollar counts. Steel buildings save investors money right from the outset and continue to pay dividends for years into the future because they are relatively low in both construction labor costs as well as ongoing maintenance. In an industry characterized by increasingly tight margins and financial pressures, prefabricated steel farm buildings are a popular solution for people in business faced with the problem of providing safe and effective accommodation for livestock, supplies, vehicles, and equipment at a cost that makes good economic sense.
Steel’s physical properties make it the perfect building material for farming structures. Huge covered open areas are possible thanks to the state-of-the-art technology employed in designing clear-span building systems. This, combined with its superb strength-to-weight ratio, gives steel the advantage in all sorts of extreme weather conditions. Metal buildings go up fast and are easy to maintain compared traditional stick-built structures and, with appropriate fire- and weather-proofing, lose none of their security or efficiency over time. Steel is not prone to rot or pest infestation and is not effected by damp conditions.
The highest level of planning, engineering, and fabricating goes into these metal building systems, resulting in the production of superb designs. As the above-quoted Canadian guidebook goes on to say, “Good design ensures the physiological well-being of the animals. Providing for their health and comfort helps to maintain—even to improve—productivity, and therefore, the farm’s economic viability.” By choosing a Pre-engineered Steel Building, you are taking the first step to providing the very best accommodation for your animals as well as any other agricultural investment you may have, thus creating the very best and most productive farming conditions possible.
1 Published in 1988 by the Research Branch of Agriculture Canada, ISBN 0660127970