Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

O'Dwyer's take talents to the Zoo

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

With demand for farm buildings in the doldrums, agricultural shed manufacturers O'Dwyer Steel have wasted no time in diversifying into alternative projects.

The Tipperary-based company is currently building a brand new farm in the heart of Dublin city.

However, the farm buildings in question will house more than the normal run-of-the- mill farm animals because the company's latest project is based in Dublin Zoo, and O'Dwyer's most recent clients include several elephants. The company has just completed a large elephant compound, including accommodation, swimming pool and lifting equipment for their batch of the largest land mammal in the world.

The company is currently working on a major upgrade of the zoo's City Farm, which involves the construction of a miniature farmyard.

The farm includes a traditional round-roofed hay/ storage shed, a livestock shed for cows, a pig house and a miniature milking parlour.

The milking parlour is designed to accommodate one cow that can be milked by hand or by machine.

Agricultural director John Hanly said each building would be a faithful reproduction of a full-size farm building and the farm was designed to give urbanites a taste of farm life.

It is understood that the company is currently tendering for the next zoo project -- a gorilla house.

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"It's a small diversification from the norm, but it's all work for us," said Mr Hanly.

Irish Independent