Wet Weather Leaves Scottish Cows ‘Housebound’

Posted on August 11, 2015

Scotland isn’t exactly famous for its lengthy dry-spells, but this year the summer has been even wetter than anticipated – and it’s starting to cause some big problems for the country’s farmers (and their cows)!

The wet weather brings a couple of problems for cattle and their owners. Perhaps the biggest issue is feeding the cows and their calves; typically they would be able to feast on the grass in the fields, however over the past month the ground has simply been too wet for them to graze. The harsh conditions have also meant that the cows can’t leave their sheds for lengthy periods, as to send them out into the field would leave them at the mercy of dangerous levels of wind and rainfall.

None of this has been ideal for the farmers involved, as the possible solutions which are available to them all have serious implications – many have chosen to send their cattle to market early, but this means that they are not able to fetch the prices which would have been available later in the year.

Some determined cattle-owners are powering on and keeping their cows shed-bound, however this could mean that they are behind schedule as the seasons change. While the wet weather continues, they – and their animals – will have to adapt to a new way of doing business, while visitors to beautiful rural Scotland will have to get used to the unfamiliar site of empty fields while the cows are safely indoors.

While this situation is far from ideal, what it does do is highlight the importance of always being ready for any conditions which could strike. As a farmer you are often at the whims of the natural world, and it can be incredibly difficult to predict exactly what hurdles it’s going to throw out next.

Looking after your livestock and your crops in difficult conditions becomes a lot easier when you ensure that you have the appropriate equipment and out-buildings. Our high quality dairy housing and beef housing, for instance, would be ideal for when cows have to be contained inside for longer than anticipated.

If you’re farm could benefit from the addition of ay of our housing units, sheds or other structures then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either online or at 01524 792247 – we’d love to help you get your farm into top shape ready for autumn! In the mean time, we wish all of the farmers affected by the Scottish rain the best of luck for the coming months.

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