Glass fiber reinforced concrete has been developed into a number of special agricultural products. Some are made with alkali resistant glass fibers in relatively thin sections. The strength of this glass fiber reinforced material makes it possible to produce agricultural products averaging less than « inch thick. This gives advantages in transportation and handling and on-site erection. The material is adaptable to a variety of shapes and is completely incombustible, therefore adding nothing to the fire load of a building.
The smooth finish of glass fiber reinforced concrete products contributes to creature comfort while at the same time being easy to clean and therefore less likely to contribute to disease propagation among livestock. It has been used to make drinking troughs for cattle, sheep dips (able to withstand both soil corrosion and aggressive dip chemicals), and insulating slabs with built-in heating elements for pig farrowing areas and weaning pens.
Glass fiber reinforced concrete is also available in bags, premixed dry, for the farmer's use in construction of small outbuildings with the surface bonding technique. Concrete blocks are stacked dry, with no mortar in the joints. Then the bagged materials are mixed with water to produce a bonding coat that is troweled in a thin layer on each side of the wall. This is faster than conventional block laying and can be used for numerous applications such as pigpens, cattle sheds, and machinery storage buildings as well.