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Cow comfort during winter is vital for maintaining their well-being and condition. This page emphasises the importance of lying down for cows, which provides rest, sleep, and reduces lameness risk, leading to better welfare. A minimum of eight hours of lying time daily is essential, and cows will adapt their lying times based on weather. Tips to provide a comfortable lying surface include moving fences for fresh ground, strategic grazing, protecting areas near feeding, using drier areas, managing space during wet conditions, and specific practices for younger or lighter cows. These insights can help you care for your cows effectively during winter.
Cow comfort in winter is crucial for animals to maintain condition and well-being. There are many factors to consider that can have an impact how your cows experience winter.
As show in a trial completed at the Southern Dairy Hub in 2020, cow lying time is negatively impacted by rainfall events.
“I know my cows are getting enough time resting if most of the cows are lying down when I check them in the afternoon, or if I can see lots of hollows where they have been lying.”
Here are a few suggestions for how you can do this: