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Housing & Handling

Housing for cattle in Scotland is often required to provide livestock with protection from extreme weather and to reduce damage to pastures from out wintering.  Design of livestock buildings should firstly support good health and welfare for the cattle.  They should be designed to facilitate efficient management, be operated safely and with least stress on the animals.  The design should aim to minimise pollution risk and visual impact on the surrounding environment.

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Beef Cattle Housing Guide

Housing for cattle in the Scottish climate is required to provide stock with protection against extreme weather and to reduce damage to pastures from out-wintering.  Design of livestock buildings should firstly support good health and welfare for the stock.  They should be designed to facilitate efficient management, be operated safely and with least stress on the animals. The design should also aim to minimise pollution risk and visual impact on the surrounding environment.  Read more>>

Managing and Reducing Straw Usage

With straw looking to be relatively scarce coupled with price variance across the regions this guide will help farmers better manage straw supplies and help make use of it for bedding.  Read more>>

Safety With Calving Pens

We all know cows are becoming bigger, more excitable and unfortunately more aggressive.  This is particularly true in the first few days post calving ie when we are using calving pens.  Read more>>

Safety In Lage Pens Of Cattle

I was recently asked to visit a farm to discuss the safety of staff when working in large pens of cattle.  The shed used to be a cubicle shed but had been converted to 3 large, oblong straw bedded pens with access to feed troughs across one of the short ends.  The pens were approximately twice as long as they were wide, with each holding around 50 pregnant cows.  Read more>>

Alternative Bedding Materials

Bedding livestock on straw is for most farmers the usual practice. However in recent years straw availability, the quality and the high costs associated with the obtainability of straw have seen a rise in alternative bedding materials used by producers.  Livestock will freely lie on a comfortable and dry bed.  A dry bed reduces humidity and will result in less contact for the animal with dung and urine, with a subsequent reduction in the risk of disease.  Read more>>

Technical Note - Cattle Housing Ventilation

To ensure that good health and maximum performance is obtained from housed livestock the provision of effective ventilation is crucial. In cattle buildings it is usual to rely on natural ventilation to create the required internal climatic conditions. This technical note deals specifically with the design of natural ventilation systems to achieve optimal climatic conditions within cattle housing.  Read more>>

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