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Daily management and review of your wintering practices in dairy farming is essential for the well-being of cows and the environment. This page highlights the importance of keeping cows comfortable in winter, planning for calving in the right conditions, completing daily checks on paddock, animals, and weather, and considering catch crops to utilise excess nitrogen. Careful management and clear planning ensure success during winter months, protect the environment, and keep your team informed. Following these guidelines will help you maintain good farm practices and animal health during the winter season.
Daily management and reviewing of your wintering practices ensures any gaps or issues identified can be actioned quickly and easily.
Completing daily checks during winter is essential for all. Ensure the team know the daily expectations. Daily checks should include the paddock, animals and weather.
During daily checks, consider the factors below for deciding when to implement your contingency plan.
Careful management of your wintering system each day will ensure a successful winter for all involved. Taking the time to create a fit-for-purpose plan for staff and implementing this on farm will help to clarify roles during winter and ensure everyone knows what is expected. Teams that have completed a formal adverse weather plan will be able to take action quickly when needed.
Complete a plan for winter that will help protect the environment, animals and your team. Including animal care factors in your wintering plans ensures the whole farm team understand the levels of care expected on your farm during winter.