Cow comfort pays well
Cow comfort is not only morally sound and good for welfare, it is also profitable. Housing specialist Ivor Davey from Cow Plan Ltd says:
- For each extra hour a cow spends lying down, she will produce 1.6 litres of milk
- No extra feed is needed
- Extra milk comes from energy saved by lying down rather than standing
So the right size and design of cubicles, with sound bases and decent bedding, that result in cows lying down for 12 hours instead of 10 can be expected to give 3.2 litres/day more milk.