Farm designs are ever changing and with the implementation of new technologies and approaches it is important for farm owners to keep up with the latest trends. Still, the process itself takes time and careful consideration from the land layout to construction, animal welfare and environmental issues.

In this article will include several innovative farm designs for both dairy and agricultural farms.

Dairy farm design considerations

In recent years, there have been numerous industry trends that have affected the way in which dairy farms operate. From the implementation of new technologies, changes in regulatory requirements all the way to environmental guidelines. All of these have made dairy facility design and construction somewhat harder and more complex. There are several design aspects that need to be taken into consideration starting with a quality milking parlour design and construction, wastewater management and so on. When it comes to milking parlour design it is important to take into account the current number of cows, and then from that to always go a bit bigger since you might want to increase your number in time, and this will save you the expansion costs. Secondly, the issue of space, how much farm space are you planning to dedicate to this facility and where will it be located in relation to other buildings on the farm. And finally we come to time, milking time that is, deciding which design can cut down on milking time the rotary or regular one.

In addition, the lay of the land is of vital importance in a sense that you need to take into consideration the dryness of the location as well as construction of adequate drainage canals. Airflow and maximized cow comfort are important for obtaining high milk yields. Finally when it comes to wastewater management it would be wise to invest in the latest wastewater treatment machinery as the regulations on this are bound to get stricter and stricter.

Agricultural farm design innovations

There are a lot of innovations coming our way when it comes to agricultural farms, with the expected amount of demand for cereals (both for human and animal consumption) bound to reach 3 billion tons by 2050, the production capacities need to increase and become a lot more efficient. This has brought forth some innovative farming designs. Starting from floating farms that would be adaptable to population size and production needs with the best aspect being the proximity at which they could be installed in regards to densely populated areas like New York or Tokyo. The second possible design option are vertical indoor farms that are both soilless and sunless, they would be high yielding with minimal waste production. The sunlight would be replaced with LED light allowing for much higher production in comparison to regular fields.

Finally, we come to the technological innovations in agricultural farm design. With the options of having multiple apps on our phones that allow for complete control of every aspect of farming there is also the possibility of the usage of drones for the purpose of crop monitoring. This allows for quicker response time in case any irregularities are observed thus minimizing any type of production risks.

These two design considerations for dairy and agricultural farming are bound to be seen all around the globe. With all the changes in the legislation on all levels and the raised environmental awareness a lot more design changes can be expected in the near future. But for now what stays constant is the need for efficient production that saves time and brings forth large quantities of quality product.


Published by Emma Lawson