How Better Cattle Housing Can Increase Productivity

Brambell’s five freedoms famously state that animals should have “freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area”. This is a well-known fact among the farming community; but what does it really mean? More importantly, how will it benefit you?

Much like humans, cattle thrive in a healthy environment, resulting in more consistent and higher quality milk production. The Merck Veterinary Manual published research that found herd productivity is affected by environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. In the colder months, underventilation is one of the most serious threats to the environment of animals. Both improper design and improper management of the ventilation can seriously compromise animal health. Statistics also show that regions with considerable periods of high ambient temperature and high humidity without periods of cooling struggled with inconsistencies and more seasonal variation in milk output

Graham Heath Construction has designed agricultural buildings to combat environmental obstacles and increase productivity for over 18 years. Owner of GHC, Graham Heath said: “Our family history of farming means that we fully understand the challenges the agricultural industry faces, and that’s why we travel up and down the country to ensure that our bespoke builds are made to suit the location perfectly, taking in to account ventilation and the overall comfort of the cattle.”

If you’d like to talk to an expert about better cattle housing then speak to one of the Graham Heath Construction team today on 01270 781158