Alternative winter systems to housing cattle and sheep

Find out about outwintering, deferred grazing and outdoor straw pads. Read our tips and advice, including how to manage environmental impact.

Outwintering livestock on brassica and forage crops

Benefits of outwintering include reduced feed and building costs. However, it is not ‘low labour’ and requires careful management. 

Find out about outwintering

Manage the environmental impact of alternative winter systems

Planning, flexibility and backup plans are key to managing environmental impact.

Read about managing environmental impact

Deferred grazing/all-grass wintering

Ideal for extending your grazing period through winter, at the end of autumn, or in early spring. Careful planning can save £15/ewe.

Find out about Deferred grazing/all-grass wintering

Outdoor straw pads

Design and management of straw pads, including expected straw requirements and space requirements for cattle.

Find out about outdoor straw pads

Useful links

If you want to increase flexibility in your system, you should consider:

Grass and forage management

Rotational grazing

Management of woodchip pads

Livestock and the arable rotation

Improving pasture for Better Returns

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