In most cases, stand-off pads are not a place to feed animals but a large area for stock to lie down. It may however be next to a feeding area.
Benefits of stand-off pads
- Less pugging of paddocks and better production as a result
- Better management of nutrients
- Better pasture management by extending rotation
- Prevent cows lying down on paddocks instead of feeding
Do I need one?
A stand-off pad may add value to your farm system if you have problems with the following
- Soil structure problems or pugging of paddocks
- Pasture damage due to wet conditions
- Slow pasture regrowth after winter and spring grazings
- Having to renew pastures more frequently than you would like to
- Damaging laneways from standing cows on them
- Problems with lameness and mastitis during/ following wet periods
- Animal health and welfare concerns due to your current wet weather practices
- Managing nutrient loss from your property
Off-Paddock Systems Resources
These resources will help with decisions around investment, planning, design, construction and management of off-paddock facilities.
Making the right choice
Investing in off-paddock facilities?
This booklet will help you to make an informed decision by assessing the benefits of various off-paddock facilities.
Stand-off pads guide
Your essential guide to planning, designing and managing stand-off pads.
Build it right (Technical information)
IPENZ Practice Note 29 Dairy Housing
Note: IPENZ Practice Note 27 - Farm Dairy Infrastructure (above) offers industry guidance in the design and construction of key farm dairy infrastructure components. The Feed Pads section can be downloaded separately here.
Managing off-paddock systems
Dairy Cow Housing Guide
A good practice guide for dairy housing in New Zealand.
Dairy Cow Housing Assessment
This assessment tool will help to identify any cow comfort issues that may impact on welfare and production.