Owning and operating a farm is tiresome, but often times also very rewarding career path. Most farm operators tend to run their farm the way they are used to, just making enough money to get buy. A real visionary and business person, however, will want to ensure that all their hard work pays off and they earn a profit from their farm.
One sure way of adding to the profitability of a farm is to expand and add agricultural buildings on the property. The move to add new farm buildings can be confusing to a local farmer, but don’t worry, here’s a short guide that will help you choose buildings that you can benefit from the most:
Identifying Your Niche
Not all farms are the same, which means the buildings on the farm will also be different. To have a better idea on the type of buildings to add to your farmland take a good look at your target market. As soon as you identify the niche you belong and what products are highly demanded by your market, you can narrow down your farm.
A good example would be the dairy farms. These farms require sheds to house, feed and milk the cows all year round so it will make sense to prioritise farm buildings for the cows. The sooner you can find your niche and market, the better you can plan and design the buildings you need to add to the land.
To enhance the chances of earning a profit after identifying your target niche and doing some market research, it is time to start designing the farm. These are the must-have agricultural buildings, facilities, and structures every farm should have, no matter what their niche market may be:
Barns And Shelters – Whether you are growing crops or caring for livestock, all farms should have a barn. This is the best place to keep vehicles, machinery, and agricultural supplies all year round. Make sure they are accessible to your house and are secured 24/7 to prevent theft.
Crop Storage – These storage facilities are best for farms that mainly deal with produce production. This is the building where the washing, packaging, and storage of produce is done. They must have coolers to store the crops after they have been harvested to preserve them.
Fencing – It is a must to fence off your property, especially if your farm is handling livestock. This keeps the intruders out and the livestock within your property. Fences should be maintained regularly to spot any potential holes and patch them up as soon as possible.
Farming Takes Dedication
It takes a lot of hard work and investment to operate a functional farm, and it takes at least twice the effort to ensure it is profitable. As long as you have the passion to care for your property and to provide locally-sourced produce and other daily needs and necessities for the community, your farm with all its buildings will thrive and prosper.
Fowler & Gilbert produce top quality agricultural buildings and farm buildings using our wealth of experience and highly-skilled team members. Contact us today!