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EBLEX Launches New Manual On Cattle Housing

EBLEX has launched a new technical manual called ‘Improve beef housing for Better Returns,’ at the Beef and Growing Cattle South West Event at Hatherleigh Livestock Centre last week.

Improve beef housing for Better Returns

The booklet has been published as part of the Beef Better Returns Programme. Compiled by Dr Phil Hadley of EBLEX, it is based on information supplied by UK cattle housing expert Dr Mike Kelly.

“It is all too easy to take stockyards and buildings for granted,” says Dr Hadley. “In fact, they are an important part of the whole beef production system and they do influence profitability.

“Well planned housing will make stockmanship easier, encourage optimum livestock production, and play a very important part in ensuring good disease control. All these help to improve the bottom line.”

Stock housing represents a significant investment on a farm. For producers looking to put up new buildings, the manual will offer useful tips before construction starts, so that costly mistakes can be avoided.

For those looking to improve the environment within existing buildings, it highlights the essential elements that need consideration, such as floor and air space, lighting and handling facilities. It also shows how rethinking and making simple, inexpensive changes to key areas such as the ventilation, can make a significant difference to the performance of the animals that have to live within them.

English beef producers can obtain a free copy of ‘Improve beef housing for Better Returns’ by telephoning the BRP office on 0870 241 8829 or emailing

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