Animal Welfare - Considerations
When looking to shelter dairy herds - the cows animal welfare is becoming an ever more important consideration for farmers, milk suppliers and consumers.
Many are wishing to see an improved quality of life for their dairy cows physical and mental health as this will often provide flow-on benefits of healthier, happier, and more naturally disease resistant animals. Production will often be increased when dairy cows are sheltered in an animal-friendly environment
WHY CHOOSE A REDPATH SHELTER FOR IMPROVED WELFARE?
- Redpaths "Clear roofed" 100% natural light shelter design provides a natural "outside style" environment "indoors"
- Light provides natural vitamin enriching sunshine and warmth to stock
- Light provides IR energy to the floor of the shelter and dries the floor at a speedy rate
- Natural light keeps potential bacteria, fungi, moulds and odours at minimal levels
- Redpath shelters that incorporate "soft litter" woodchip style floors give comfortable "free range" style housing
- Animals housed in Redpaths open deep litter systems are allowed to free roam throughout the shelter and socialise with other members of the herd
- Soft litter floors with 10sq/m + areas of space per cow - provide comfortable, dry and clean loafing space - allowing cows to rest and lay down.
- Soft litter floors (woodchip based), lock-up effluent from the cows and this can be re-used as a compost on the farms feed crop paddocks making it a fully recyclable organic floor system
- Free range Redpath shelters provide superior mobility for cows helping physically fitness and allowing self-grooming
- Redpaths roof and side ventilation systems keep the shelter environment comfortable and natural for the cows
- Redpaths optional over-head shade-screen systems protect cows from burning summertime temperatures
- Sidewall windbreaks fitted as standard on Redpath shelters substantially reduces energy sapping wind-chill from dairy cows, whilst still providing natural air flow and ventilation.
- Farmers report that somatic cell count the incidence of mastitis reduce in a clear-roofed, soft litter warm light shelter
- Deep litter soft floor shelters offer obvious reductions in hoof, joint and skin abrasion related health (compared to concrete based systems)
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