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Autumn calf bedding

  • 23-12-2021 6:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 313 ✭✭ dodo mommy

    Well what are lads and lasses using for bedding the autaum born calf are ye all using straw are is their any cheaper alternative?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,307 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks

    Straw here, option if older bigger calves for slatted creep pen with cubicles

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭ Who2

    Straw and plenty of it.I Tried skimping a couple of years and only ever regretted it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,486 ✭✭✭ Grueller

    Have a good supply of sawdust here free of charge from a local joinery. I leave a trailer there under the extractor and collect it when full. I put it under them abou a foot thick and it does them about 6 weeks. If I run short of dust I throw straw in and the soakage of the dust underneath keeps it clean for ages.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,430 ✭✭✭ Barktastic

    I wonder would you save on straw and silage if you could leave stock out to fields near the shed just during the day on dry days

    A lot of effort and you would need a bit of dry ground near the sheds

    Could be risky with change in temperatures etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,695 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Your last sentence would be my thoughts on it. When they are in, keep them in.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 576 ✭✭✭ Justjens

    Creep gate in exterior wall to let calves outside works for here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,430 ✭✭✭ Barktastic

    If you have a field that drains easily and has shelter of a wind break then could leave a few out all the time but it is a pest feeding stock outside with round feeders.

    And they would want to be lighter cows with hardy calves

    Or heifers