Youngstock are the future of any farm. Investing in them is an investment in the farm’s future, too.
With so many housing systems available for youngstock, AHDB have worked with producers and industry experts to bring together the latest knowledge on youngstock housing systems.
Legal requirements and market guidelines
Understand the legal requirements for youngstock housing and the market guidelines for the most common Farm Assurance Schemes.
Design questions to consider
Before starting any new building or modifications to housing, take the time to go through our housing design questions to make sure your youngstock housing system works for you.
Temperature, humidity and ventilation
Controlling the temperature and humidity of calf housing systems is essential for good health and welfare. Ventilation is essential to maintain a suitable environment in calf housing.
Housing layout and construction
Once you have understood your needs from the above checklist and the principles behind good ventilation and how to improve it within a building, you can start considering the layout and construction of your housing.
Designing housing to feed calves with ease
Feeding is one of the main tasks of calf husbandry, and it requires a lot of money, time and effort. Designing your housing to make feeding easier will greatly benefit you and your team.
There are many different housing systems to choose from for your calves. Knowing the benefits and considerations of these systems can help ensure the calf housing system works for you and your calves.
System cost comparisons
Bringing the average costs of the seven most popular calf housing systems into one place allows you to compare approximate costs on a cost-per-head basis.
Youngstock housing case studies
Case studies showcase different systems, from building from scratch to modifying existing buildings. Watch our interviews on each of the farms or read about how their systems work for them, including blueprints and what they would do differently next time.
See our case study on Cobblers Farm to see how their calf housing system works for them, including blueprints.
See our case study on Eldon Farm to see how their calf housing system works for them, including blueprints.
Holly Green Farm
See our case study on Holly Green Farm to see how their calf housing system works for them, including blueprints.
If you would like to order a hard copy of the Youngstock housing guide, use our order form or call 0247 799 006.
Case study − Cobblers Farm
Find out how igloo calf housing is used at Cobblers Farm.
Case study − Eldon Farm
Discover how calf housing is used to aid calf management, feeding and biosecurity at Eldon Farm.
Case study − Holly Green Farm
Read about how calf housing is used to improve calf performance at Holly Green farm.