Planning a new farm shed is not a case of dropping a rectangle onto an open space. To maximise your ROI, careful planning should happen for its use to ensure optimum size versus spend. Here are some guidelines to achieve that.
Farm Shed Protection Of Assets
Some of the most precious assets to store in a farm shed are farm machinery. They have a combination of purchasing, running and maintenance capital which has a major impact on a business’s liquidity. The protection of equipment reduces long term costs and increases resale value.
The equipment resale industry has reported better trade-in values of 10-15 percent more (tractors and tillage implements) to 25 percent more (planters, drills, and harvest equipment) due to the use of a machinery shed.
Sheds also supply the convenience of centrally located machinery, extra security, a neater looking farm and the possibility of multiple uses, e.g. machinery and chemicals storage, plus a shop, school or clinic.
How To Plan A Machinery Shed
The main storage building is best positioned near the farm court, not too near the homestead to overwhelm it but approximately 50m further back.
Being in the vicinity of the homestead is good for security. Also, minimise road access to the shed and position any large access doors that will be left open seasonally, away from road visibility.
In possible contradiction to the road visibility comment, the doors should face away from prevailing winds.
The selection of a high ground location with good drainage is advantageous, with a machinery-shed floor being at least 30cm above the ground level.
Size-wise, the farm shed should be big enough to allow equipment movement in and out without affecting other equipment or stock. To otherwise assist with movement, eliminating columns is a big plus. Fair Dinkum can offer a 35-metre clear span, but most other shed suppliers offer an 18-metre clear span.
It is disadvantageous to combine machinery storage and livestock housing due to corrosion from high moisture levels.
Future Farm Shed Needs
Smart planning should include a 5-year projection of future farm needs.
To plan equipment space, you can multiply the width + 30 cm by the length + 30 cm for each machine then add all the answers together. The resulting answer is the absolute minimum farm shed space required for tight, efficient, long term machinery storage. Next, add in the future needs.
This calculation doesn’t address overnight equipment storage when it’s seasonally best to leave tractors and accessories connected. Will this be covered and stored outside? Otherwise, design the shed for long and short term use.
Want to add a shop at one end? Add another 15 metres. Consider sliding doors as they increase the shed’s efficiency. Additional items to pre-plan are:
- Electrical power points,
- Solar power panels, storage and inverters
- Layered lighting, e.g. general and work points.
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