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Calf Houses

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Calf Housing

Polytunnel calf houses provide a much welcome source of light and warmth, creating a dry, low-stress environment for your stock whilst keeping bacteria, fungi and odours to a minimum.

The width of individual pens for a calf from birth to 8 weeks of age must be at least equal to the height of the calf at the withers, as measured in the standing position. The length shall be at least equal to ‘the body length of the calf, measured from the tip of the nose to the caudal edge of the pin bone’ multiplied by 1.1. In practice, this means pens at least 1.5 x 0.75m, but preferably 1.8 x 1.0m.

Calves must be group housed from 8 weeks of age unless an animal is kept in isolation on the advice of the veterinary surgeon.

Dairy and Beef

Weather in cubicles or straw yards, polytunnels improve your animal’s welfare.  The benefits of natural light and warmth are many. Cattle are homeothermic animals and need to maintain a constant body temperature around 38ºC. The lower critical temperature (LCT) is the temperature below which an animal must burn extra energy to keep warm, i.e. feed is channelled away from growth/production in order to keep warm, hence the warmer winter temperature in a polytunnel will significantly reduce feed inputs. A lower requirement for artificial lighting reduces energy costs.  Floor and bedding dry quicker.

Even if feed is available on an ad lib basis it has to be recognised that there are peak periods for feeding e.g. immediately after fresh feed is put down. To prevent subordinate animals giving way to dominant animals (often resulting in reduced growth rates), adequate feeding space must be allocated.

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