Outdoor farming systems in New Zealand provide lots of positive experiences for our cattle. They enjoy the fresh air, varied and interesting environments and the opportunity to express natural grazing behaviour. But living outdoors also means exposure to all types of weather which can be unpleasant at times.
Shelter and shade can be provided in a number of ways including through the use of topographical features such as gullies or hollows if they’re deep enough, natural features such as stands of trees or scrub, hedges or shelter belts, or artificial structures such as buildings or hay stacks.
As a farmer, adverse weather plans can help you reduce the negative effects of weather on animals by addressing their wellbeing. Veterinarians can provide advice on incorporating strategies to protect animal wellbeing in existing farm adverse event plans.