What you need to know about animal housing for over the winter
For the third and final part of the ‘Getting Winter Ready’ series, this week’s Beef Edge podcast is focusing on animal housing for the coming months and Catherine Egan is joined by vet & UCD lecturer Catherine McAloon.
Firstly, Catherine highlights the importance of space allowance over the winter period to maximise performance.
Good ventilation is also critical and Catherine describes the two ventilation types, focusing on the size of the inlet and outlet for air to circulate in the shed.
Draughts are just as bad, if not worse, than poor air movement and stuffy conditions and Catherine emphasises the importance of preventing drafts particularly on calves and young.
It is important, she also says, to check water troughs regularly to ensure they are clean and working correctly.
For further information view Section 8 of the Beef Manual.
Listen to the others podcasts in the ‘Getting Winter Ready’ series:
- Teagasc Advisor John Kelly from Co. Offaly, discusses managing nutrition over the winter to maximise performance: https://bit.ly/GWRNutrition
- Vet Cara Sheridan, from MSD Animal Health, discusses how to best manage animal health over the winter: https://bit.ly/GWRHealth
- For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/thebeefedge
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