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.
Manage the environmental impact of alternative winter systems
Planning, flexibility and backup plans are key to 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.
Outdoor straw pads
Design and management of straw pads, including expected straw requirements and space requirements for cattle.
If you want to increase flexibility in your system, you should consider:
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