Objectives of a cow track

Cow tracks bring a number of benefits to your farm and herd. Find out how installing a track can save you money, keep your cows healthy and minimise your environmental impact.

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Objectives of a cow track

Cow tracks provide a useful function on your farm for the following reasons:

  • Improving cow flow, which reduces herding time
  • Allowing cows to travel comfortably and easily over considerable distances from the parlour
  • Minimising damage to claws, which also minimises lameness
  • Reducing field poaching and compaction, which lessens environmental impact
  • Extending the grazing season by providing better field access
  • Improving udder hygiene by keeping cows cleaner

Cost savings and other benefits of installing a cow track

Cow tracks can bring cost savings. You can calculate these by working out the number of extra weeks of grazing that a track will gain you at the start and end of the season, and take into account what this will save you in expenses such as conserved forages, scraping out and bedding.

Cow tracks may also benefit your general herd health, as they give you greater control over when your cows can be turned out and housed. These advantages include better foot and udder health, labour savings, and keeping sudden changes in your cows’ diet to a minimum.

Useful links

Learn how cows behave on a cow track

Find out what to consider when planning your cow track route

Learn about materials for your cow track

Discover how to design and build a cow track

Find out more about maintaining a cow track

Learn about draining your cow track

Find out how to calculate cow track costs

Learn how to fence a cow track

Download the Cow tracks guide

AHDB has a number of technical resources for you to use on farm and in the office. If you would like to order a hard copy of Cow tracks, please contact:


Telephone: 0247 799 0069

Alternatively, you can order online using the form below:

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