Importance of proper shelter for your dairy cows
The construction of suitable shelter is important for the well-being and productivity of dairy cows. Cows need to be protected from the elements, especially in the cold and rainy months when they are more susceptible to sickness. Proper shelter will also keep the cows calm, which is important for milk production. A well-designed shelter will have enough space for the cows to move around and lie down, and will be well-ventilated to prevent the build-up of harmful gases.
It is important to keep the shelters warm and comfortable for the cows, especially during the cold months. Pregnant cows should have a separate shelter with constant access to water and food.
A clean environment is essential for the health of your cows. All areas where the cows live and frequent must be kept clean and free of manure and other waste. A strict cleaning schedule should be followed to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria and parasites. Provision of adequate housing plays a vital role in animal health and disease control at the farm resulting in increased milk production.
At the end of the day, the farmer has to choose the appropriate housing system keeping in view the local environment and economic conditions. Minimal investment should be made in animal housing, using locally available materials for building roofs, floors, and walls without compromising animal comfort