Know How / Beef / Housing and handling

Good housing and handling systems are essential for the welfare of both beef cattle and farmers on farms. Keep up to date with new housing design and technology as well as best practice advice on good cattle flow, comfort and ventilation including tips on safe handling techniques.

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Why a mixed farmer is phasing out his suckler herd

Shropshire mixed farmer Lee Preece is phasing out his suckler herd in favour of finishing black-and-white beef bulls for rose veal. Mr Preece believes the venture is delivering better profits of…


How three huge roundhouses are improving beef performance

Farmer and entrepreneur David Shelton is nearing the end of building an entire beef and arable unit from scratch on a greenfield site in Leicestershire. The site at Saxelbye Top…


Why roofless beef build's best according to Wexford finisher

Beef finisher Paddy Murphy erected an unroofed unit at his farm in County Wexford four years ago to replace a badly performing woodchip pad. The cost of woodchip was rising…


What's in Your Livestock Shed? visits a £200k suckler shed

When Richard Spencer sold 4.4ha of farmland for residential development, it was an opportunity to relocate the farmyard and build new housing for his beef herd. Mr Spencer, who farms…


Better ventilation reduces pneumonia in calf-rearing system

Jonathan Hames switched from dairy to beef farming two years ago when the milk price crisis took its toll. Familiar with managing dairy youngstock, he changed to rearing Aberdeen Angus-cross…


How a beef farmer has shaved 90 days off finishing time

At Old Hall Farm, near Melton Mowbray, beef finisher Andrew Bowley has reduced finishing time by 90 days and eliminated pneumonia problems by installing fans. The first batch of calves…

Practical advice

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How to stop dirty cattle going to slaughter - and why it matters

Abattoirs are reporting higher levels of dirty cattle being presented for slaughter, citing the availability and price of bedding as a reason for this. The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA)…


Tips on designing races and handling cattle

Well-designed handling facilities provide a safe working environment on beef farms but infrastructure alone won’t make routine tasks easier and quicker for cattle and people. Livestock handling expert Miriam Parker…


Building for better herd health: shed walls

The basic requirements of the livestock building roof are simple. It must keep out the rain, provide shade and it must breathe. However, the design requirements of walls are more…


Top tips for improving your calving setup

Calving can be a stressful period fraught with danger but simple improvements every dairy and beef farm can make to their existing setup can minimise risk to the operator and…


Building for better herd health: Designing shed roofs

Livestock buildings represent one of the largest investments on farm and one that will pay back and support the business for a long time. Yet, so many buildings in the UK…

How to treat liver fluke in cattle at housing

Farmers are being urged to implement a parasite management plan this autumn to prevent production and economic losses caused by liver fluke. The warning comes after Food Standards Agency (FSA)…