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Keeping the calf’s environment hygienic is vital to ensure healthy, profitable calves. There are many disinfectants and protocols that can be used to maintain a healthy environment.

We recommend the use of a robust cleaning and disinfection programme on farm to reduce the chance of livestock picking up diseases causing poor hygiene in the calf housing. Calving Houses

Cryptosporidium and Coccidiosis are protozoa that cause serious cases of scours in calves and young stock, chronic cases will result in death and lead to an increase in treatment rate and decrease in profit margins. Medication and rehydration therapy can be used to shorten the length of the illness and lessen the chance of secondary infections, however it is crucial that we aim to reduce infection rates in the first place by preventing the intake of oocysts by the young animals. Biosecurity has an essential role to play in achieving this and a tailored hygiene plan can help maintain and improve calf health on your farm.

The calf housing should be thoroughly disinfected between each use, we recommend using Cyclex disinfectant as it is the only licensed product available on the market to destroy Cryptosporidium and Coccidiosis oocysts. Following a thorough cleaning and disinfection programme can minimise the risk of calf picking up disease. 

Housing Design

The design of dairy cow accommodation will have an important effect on the health and productivity of your herd. The vast majority of buildings are designed and located to meet planning requirements or to fit in with an existing range of buildings. In most cases these criteria are at odds with achieving what is best for the cow.

For example, in order to stand a better chance of gaining planning permission and to reduce cost, a new free-stall shed may be erected off an existing building. However, its downwind position with the absence of a wall down one side may seriously compromise the ventilation and airflow in that building.

Designing to meet the demands of the cow will result in improved air quality, thermal comfort, lower humidity, and increase lying times. Positive net results can include improved productivity, better fertility, less mastitis, less respiratory associated diseases and reduced incidence of lameness.

At Wynnstay we offer a unique building advisory service for our customers which is completely free of charge. The service is designed to be involved at the beginning of the planning stage, long before any concrete is poured. Working with the farmer, planners and architects to ensure the correct positioning, orientation and design criteria from the onset of the project. A new facility will have a functional life of in excess of 30 years so it is important that it meets the needs of the cow not just today but of the cow in 30 years time.

Our basic philosophy is to provide the cow with an environment as comfortable as the field but without the extreme weather conditions. Each day in a Wynnstay designed barn will have the same day length, the same air quality and be thermally comfortable for the cow. Our guiding principle is to improve air quality through adequate air exchange whether it is mechanical or natural ventilation. Adequate light is also important as this has been shown to improve dry matter intake, milk yield and fertility.

Wynnstay can help with the following aspects of a building design;

  • Free-stall layout 
  • Water trough type and positioning
  • Stall surface, loop design
  • Feed barrier design
  • Grooving type
  • Cow flow
  • Handling
  • Manure management

 

Wynnstay work alongside land agents Roger Parry & Partners to advise on the most appropriate location and layout for your new building, this partnership ensures the building complies with the necessary planning legislation and policy as well as satisfying the cows needs.

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