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Exercise yards for dairy cows

By Maarit Puumala and Merja Paasonen

Abstract

The required area per cow depends on the use of the exercise yard. If all the cows are forced to go out at a certain time and if they are fed in there, an area between 5 and 10 m² per cow is needed. But if there is no feeding and the cows have free access to the yard only 4-5 m² per cow is needed. It is recommended to design the yard so that the area covered with soft material can be blockaded when ever it gets too wet. The design of sloping has to be very careful. The laboratory tests have shown that with filters consisting of straw, peat or woodchips it is possible to significantly lower the nutrient content of runoff waters

Topics: Animal husbandry
Publisher: Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:orgprints.org:6198
Provided by: Organic Eprints

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