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We are Eternit— the true originals.

We work side-by-side with our farmers and are committed to growing and investing in their potential — equipping them with ever smarter solutions to grow their farms, and meet the needs of their future.

Eternit is the only producer of semi-compressed fibre cement profiled sheeting in the UK and our roofs are specifically designed for the needs of British farmers and our unique climate.

Our innovative high-performing roofing solutions have been helping farmers for over 100 years, future-proofing their businesses for the next generation.

With renewed focus on improving animal welfare and your farm’s profitability, there’s never been a better time to upgrade or invest in new farm buildings.

Calving and lambing are already under way as we enter one of the busiest seasons for the livestock community.

When it comes to birthing facilities and lying and feeding space, an animal’s environment has a big impact on its performance.

Now that recommended lying spaces for mother and baby are increasing, with feeding spaces also under review, farm buildings are facing growing pressure.

Expanding for the future

Renovating existing building facilities or investing in new builds is an important investment and getting it right has long term benefits for profitability, animal welfare and the environment.

Key to long-lasting success is durability, design and hard-wearing, hard-working materials. Eternit fibre cement is still the preferred option for roofs in the agricultural sector and no other brand can beat our record in the industry.

We are the only UK producer of semi-compressed fibre cement profiled sheeting, specially designed for the needs of British farmers and this unique climate, and we’ve been manufacturing in the UK for over 100 years.

Leading the market for over a century

Like the communities we’ve been serving for generations, we’re also focused on value for money, animal welfare and sustainability.

We know that uncomfortable and damp environments lead to animal stress, sickness and a drop in productivity so our roofs are designed to absorb up to 25% of their weight in moisture – no other product on the market can match this.

Low humidity, stable temperatures and minimal sound reverberation are key for animal welfare and our roofs tick all the boxes.

Cows in a shed

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Temperature and humidity: keeping livestock comfortable

Research shows that cows feel most comfortable at temperatures between 5° and 20°C, while new-born calves need an ideal minimum temperature of 7°C.

In higher temperatures a cow will accumulate heat in the day and disperse it at night, which can cause problems. Rising humidity may result in a loss of appetite, affecting production, while long term heat stress can cause serious illness.

As well as high absorption levels, our roofing sheets offer advanced performance thermal technology. The roof absorbs heat from the sun on hot days to keep temperatures inside lower and retains heat on cold days. For us, it’s all about welfare because healthy animals grow faster and have a higher rate of productivity.

Reducing stress caused by noise

Lowering noise impact is another key consideration for us when designing our roofs. Cows have a well-developed hearing ability, and they experience stress at sound levels of 80dB – similar to the noise of a lawn mower or loud rain drumming on a roof.

Research shows that the noise of heavy rainfall is only half as loud under our fibre cement roofs compared to metal roofs. Fibre cement corrugated sheets have a very high acoustic damping performance, which reduces the stress caused by noise for the animals and also creates a more pleasant working environment for the farmer.

Increasing light for higher milk yields

Dairy farmers will also know that more light results in higher yields. Milk production increases in extended periods of light – 16 to 18 hours per day – compared to natural periods – 8 to 14 hours per day.

Optimising light in the building can increase milk production by 5 to 15% and because of this, many farmers choose to combine our translucent roofing panels with our standard corrugated sheets.

Fire, rot and vermin resistant

Built to create the most comfortable environment for your animals, our fibre cement corrugated sheets do not rust or rot, are insensitive to fungus, bacteria and vermin and resistant to all chemical influences, including ammonia.

They are suitable for all types of weather and, as fibre cement is a fire-resistant material, have one of the best fire classifications possible for roofs, making them safe for animals and people alike.

Agricultural buildings

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Our promise to you

With specialist knowledge of roofing requirements across the full range of agricultural structures, we have a range of products to suit all needs. Our technical team has over 60 years of combined farming and building experience and we understand the tough challenges farmers are facing today.

Maintaining profitability, while increasing food quality, productivity and animal welfare is tough in difficult market conditions but our innovative high-performing solutions are continuing to help our customers expand and future-proof their businesses for the next generation.

Visit our website at Eternit.co.uk for full product details and to request more information, call us on +44 01283 501 555 or email infouk@etexgroup.com