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.
John and Gary Stanger have built a modern, well designed slatted shed at South Seatter for housing suckler cows and calves. This meeting provides the opportunity to view the shed working in practice as well as learn how they manage cattle on slats. You will also hear from John and Gary about their experience of the shed construction including the decision-making and planning behind the shed regarding the internal layout to allow them flexibility in the way they house their animals.
North Vet 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.
Delegates will also hear from local consultants looking at the cost comparison of building and maintaining a slatted shed compared with a bedded system.
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.
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