Farm Buildings: Planning and Construction
Most rural properties have a large number of buildings which should contrubute to the smooth and efficient running of the farm, but buildings which are poorly located, inadequately maintained or badly designed do not help on this score. For example, a badly designed shearing shed will require extra labour during shearing and reduce the quality of the job that is done, resulting in a downgrading of the wool that is being harvested.
The various parts that make up a building are described. From a structural viewpoint, each part has an important role to play in ensuring the integrity of the structure; that it serves the purpose it was designed for, and stands up against the elements. Some of the more important buildings on farms, both general agricultural and horticultural, are singled out for specific discussion, as are their maintenance requirements.