Winter Housing

Clipping cattle: A worthwhile job or an unnecessary task?

Clipping cattle: A worthwhile job or an unnecessary task?

As winter housing of cattle gets underway on beef farms across the country, farmers will have a new set of...

October 15, 2021

Caution urged when housing cattle in mild weather

Caution urged when housing cattle in mild weather

Many beef farmers across the country will be looking to start housing cattle in the coming days – if they...

October 9, 2021

Beef farmers: Are you ready for winter housing?

Beef farmers: Are you ready for winter housing?

Although grass is not in short supply on most moderately-stocked beef farms, as October rolls on and wet weather conditions...

September 30, 2021

Winter preparation of animal housing facilities

Winter preparation of animal housing facilities

Winter preparation of animals’ housing is not a job most farmers enjoy completing, mainly because it means that animals will...

August 30, 2021

Have you adequate feed and lying space for your cattle this winter?

Have you adequate feed and lying space for your cattle this winter?

The heavy downpour of rain during the week has left many farmers with little or no choice other than to...

October 24, 2020

Dairy farmers: Here is your complete winter housing checklist…

Dairy farmers: Here is your complete winter housing checklist…

With the end of the grazing season fast approaching, it is time for dairy farmers to begin getting prepared for...

October 19, 2019

Dairy expansion not being matched to winter housing facilities

Dairy expansion not being matched to winter housing facilities

With the expansion of the dairy industry, housing facilities on some farms have come under pressure. Many dairy farms have...

October 18, 2019

Peat bedding: What are farmers’ first thoughts after housing for the winter?

Peat bedding: What are farmers’ first thoughts after housing for the winter?

After the summer drought, many farmers had to look at alternative methods when it comes to bedding their animals over...

December 1, 2018

Housing: Have you enough space?

Housing: Have you enough space?

Although grass is aplenty on many farms and grazing conditions remain favourable, farmers will shortly begin to focus on housing....

October 6, 2018

Vets on pneumonia red alert – ‘Farmers must reduce cattle stress levels’

Vets on pneumonia red alert – ‘Farmers must reduce cattle stress levels’

Farmers must do everything they can to reduce stress levels for young stock at housing, according to Galway Veterinarian Liam...

November 15, 2016

Are there benefits with out-wintering store cattle?

Are there benefits with out-wintering store cattle?

Farmers in the west of Ireland, particularly those farming around the Burren, have seen some benefits to out-wintering store cattle,...

November 13, 2016

Getting winter housing right on organic beef farms

Getting winter housing right on organic beef farms

Lie-back areas are a crucial part of winter housing for Irish organic beef systems, according Teagasc’s Elaine Leavy. In organic...

October 30, 2016

‘Farmers need to test for rumen fluke this year’

‘Farmers need to test for rumen fluke this year’

Farmers need to test cattle for rumen fluke as only certain doses will cure the disease, according to east-Galway Veterinary...

October 7, 2016

Bed and breakfast winter housing, what you need to know

Bed and breakfast winter housing, what you need to know

Every winter a significant number of cattle are housed and fed in rented sheds, whilst farmers placing their animals in a...

September 11, 2016

Guideline costs for renting a shed this winter

Guideline costs for renting a shed this winter

With winter unfortunately just around the corner, many farmers are considering their housing requirements for the winter period. The cost...

September 6, 2016

‘September the last opportunity to make any changes to housing before winter’

‘September the last opportunity to make any changes to housing before winter’

The next month provides the last opportunity to make any changes to housing before winter, according to CAFRE Dairying Development...

September 1, 2016

‘Now is the time to assess whether your sheds are working or not’

‘Now is the time to assess whether your sheds are working or not’

Beef farmers should use this time to access whether or not their sheds are working, according to Charles Chavasse, Area...

August 7, 2016

‘Farmers can save €40-50/cow by monitoring suckler cow body condition’

‘Farmers can save €40-50/cow by monitoring suckler cow body condition’

A well-managed suckler cow can drop from having a body condition score (BCS) of 3.5 at housing to 2.75 at...

December 26, 2015