Beefing up the Cost of Slats (Caithness)


This meeting will look at using slatted accommodation for housing suckler cows and calves. There are many benefits of housing cattle in slatted sheds compared to bedded courts as they are less labour intensive, reduce bedding costs and collect slurry which is a valuable fertiliser source.  However it is important that they are managed correctly.

The Barnetson family have built modern, well designed slatted sheds at Lynegar for housing suckler cows and calves. This meeting provides the opportunity to view the the sheds working in practice as well as learn how the Barnetsons manage cattle on slats. With a farm walk with James Barnetson one of the stations,  you will also hear from James on how they best utilise the system thay have and the labour improvements that have been made on Lynegar.

Kenneth Wilson, lead partner in D S MacGregor & Partners, local veterinary surgeons based in Thurso and Wick will discuss cattle health topics related to keeping cattle on slats and Gavin Hill, SAC Consulting Beef specialist, will discuss the management of cattle on slats and their future in the beef industry.

Senior Consultant, Susan Pirie from Kirkwall will offer attendees an insight into the costings of slats.

This is an on farm event and will be outside all day, please wear warm waterproof clothing and sensible footwear.


Bookings are no longer available for this event.