Beef Cattle Housing
With over 40 years’ experience in dairy and beef cattle housing, we have the solutions to make your farm work for you.
Our experienced sales and engineering teams will work directly with you; designing and fitting the optimum layout in your new or existing farm building. It is important to keep in mind the housing options available to you. We look at each yard individually and design a solution for you!
In many modern beef units animals are kept indoors all the year-round. Therefore, it is important to ensure that, whatever housing system is provided, behavioural needs (e.g. resting, feeding and drinking) are properly met. In loose housing systems, the freedom of movement of the animals means that both individual and group behaviours must be satisfied. Cattle spend about 50 % of their time lying, for about 10-15 periods per day, each of about 60-80 minutes duration.
Beef cattle should have:
- Freedom of movement
- Light for normal behaviour
- Sufficient water and feed to meet their requirements
- there should be enough lying places or enough area for all animals
- floors should not be slippery and should not cause excessive wearing
Example of a nicely laid out beef shed with an indoor handling system
Hugh MacEneaney, Teagasc Dairy Adviser, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny
“Good facilities allow farmers to expand production and incomes and add to the asset value of the farm. They also lead to a better quality of life for the farm family by reducing the workload and the drudgery. In many cases, particularly on dairy farms, buildings pay for themselves over a 7-10 year period. This is especially true when capital grant and tax savings are available.”