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RIDBA partners with Farming Monthly

RIDBA partners with Farming Monthly

RIDBA (The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) is delighted to announce Farming Monthly as our media partner for the 2017 RIDBA Building Awards! In September 2016, we launched the RIDBA Building Awards, previously known as the FAB Awards, which has always proved to be the highlight of the industry calendar. Showcasing the best […]

RIDBA reveals a FAB shortlist

RIDBA reveals a FAB shortlist

Countryside buildings shortlisted for the 2015 FAB awards (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) have been announced by RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association). A total of 11 buildings are now in the running for a total of 12 awards as well as a first, second and third overall winner. The categories are farm […]

Do your pigs have a drink problem?

Do your pigs have a drink problem?

Some pig farmers have a drink problem. Despite providing enough drinkers – often exceeding the official recommendations – their pigs are not always getting sufficient water. This is holding back growth rates and impacting profits because feed intake is affected by water consumption. Drinking patterns are related to water flow-rates, type of drinker and, crucially, […]

Confusion over Green Belt perpetuates housing crisis

Confusion over Green Belt perpetuates housing crisis

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has said the Government’s continued practice of associating the Green Belt with environmentally protected designations is misleading the public and preventing critically needed houses from being built. The organisation said the Government is consistently failing to distinguish between the Green Belt which may, or may not […]

Farmlite: A leading light in farm buildings

Farmlite: A leading light in farm buildings

With in-built anti-yellowing technology, the Farmlite GRP rooflight and cladding system from Brett Martin Daylight Systems offers excellent value, long term light transmission and durability that stands the test of time. Utilising the company’s 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of GRP rooflights, Brett Martin developed the Farmlite GRP rooflight to poorer […]

Tom Heap to support the FAB awards

Tom Heap to support the FAB awards

RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) has made two changes to its FAB (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) awards for 2015. The entry criteria period for completed working buildings has been extended from January 2013 to December 2014 to give potential entrants two whole years’ worth of projects to consider relevant for the […]

Beware VAT costs on farm accommodation

Beware VAT costs on farm accommodation

New Permitted Development rules, which should benefit the rural sector by simplifying the planning process, unfortunately carry unforeseen tax implications, says head of rural services Andrew Vickery. “Under the new rules, planning consent is not required for, say, conversion of redundant outbuildings into residential accommodation. However, to secure VAT relief, planning consent must have been […]

Holsworthy Agri-business Centre on track for spring opening

Holsworthy Agri-business Centre on track for spring opening

It took the Morgan Sindall team 850 hours to construct the 218 tonne frame which consists of 10,101 metres of rolled steel. Work will now begin on completing the building at the 30 acre site which is the largest single project ever undertaken by Torridge District Council. Livestock auctioneers Kivells will operate the new centre […]

Farmers could be empowered to make decisions about future barn conversions

Farmers could be empowered to make decisions about future barn conversions

The NFU described the proposals, which could see farmers able to make their own assessment of how farm buildings should be used, as ‘radical’. “These exciting proposals are about putting trust in farmers to do the right thing with their buildings”, said NFU chief rural affairs adviser David Collier. “They will allow farmers to make […]

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