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Technical Note (TN730): Construction of a Cow Track for Access to Grazing


  • Cow tracks can lengthen the grazing season from reduced damage to pasture and improved field access in poor weather
  • Correctly constructed cow tracks can prevent lameness within the herd and increase milk quality from improved udder hygiene
  • Take time to plan the route of the track, ensuring that a considered route to the field is taken, where possible minimising the distance that the cattle have to walk as well as reducing construction costs
  • Ensure that no run-off from the cow track will enter a watercourse
  • Set aside a financial budget annually for the maintenance of the track
  • Monitor cow flow regularly on the track to ensure there are no hidden areas causing problems

Read TN730: Construction of a Cow Track for Access to Grazing

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