Calf nests in Norway

Calf nests in Norway

Picture shared by CowSignals trainer Ann-Lisbeth Lieng.

Solution from Norway to keep the calves warm when enough straw is not available. What do you think of this? What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages? Please share your thoughts!

Comments (10)

Helen Thoday

Hi. Have these calves learnt to get in the nests on their own or have they been placed/encouraged in?
Maybe an option for at risk claves in more temperate climates.

Joep driessen

Hi Helen, thanks for your comment!
You can ask ann liesbeth ( click on the name under foto!)

I think they will go there by themselves!! Nice warm place is attractive...

Regards Joep Driessen

Gill Dickson

Nice dry beds but what about unbedded area next door will get wet and dirty and lots of ammonia? Would need scraping out?

Anna Koiner

We have a similar system at the moment- because the calves are spending half the day outside and the stable isn't filled there is bedding in just one corner. It's easier to clean and we can save straw. But we clean the unbedded area every day.
I'd rather not use wood for the nests, specially for younger calves- it's too difficult to clean - not suited for farms with problems with diarrhea pathogens.

Vivien Dillon

Great idea, ideal shelter & comfort. It would be tempting to re-use these, though (it looks like softwood?). Disease build up over a short time, with a heavy load of pathogens in a small area. Wood can't be cleaned. I agree with Anna-keep the rest of the area scraped and as dry as possible. I use cardboard for lambs, and burn it.

Mohamed Morsy

this idea may fit in a small scale farms,but i think it will not fit on large scale.

Dianna

I have straw packs (on top of wood chips) in my calf pens - one side has the shavings + straw, the other side has just shavings...in cold weather without exception, all my calves preference the straw bedding and I clean it every day for them. They love clean beds and they love straw. I agree, the wood would be a potential problem with disease, but I totally expect that these calves chose to sleep in there. Super idea...

Claire Weeks

There is no need to make separate 'nests' and calves benefit from lying close to each other in cold weather. It looks as if you have heat lamps over the calves - to save money an insulated roof (placed low above the calves a bit like a kennel) works well. Something like a sleeper can be used to keep the straw in but on the whole the calves do not spread the straw all over the stable and the lying area will benefit from having some free drainage. It doe work well having sawdust to absorb moisture on the rest of the floor (even under the straw if the floor has little slope).

Joep Driessen

Thanks for all your responses! Great to hear what you think about this idea and read your additional tips. Very valuable.

Ann-Lisbeth

Thank you for all the comments, all useful for improving this idea. I do agree that wood may not be the best material for permanent nests –thou they are easy to replace; it’s most used for shipping supply of goods :) In this area the farms are small, and straw is expensive, this farmer tested the nests for young calves, and they definitely preferred the nests. The area outside the nests have a slope and need to be scraped every day. Happy Calves – Happy farmers!

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