Polytunnels for calf housing

coomoo

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
As per title. Not got one but wondering as going to keep a lot more calves this backend do they work. Cost/ planning etc? Seem them on a couple of farms. Anyone using them and also thoughts on using a heatwave in them? Tia
 

Sparkymark

Member
Once saw one in Holland. It had a strip of concrete down the middle for access, then calf hutches along the sides on gravel. The polytunnel was just to keep the weather off and make calf feeding a more pleasant job i guess.
 

Alan88

Member
Location
Northern Ireland
We have one for newborn calves maybe 12 years or longer not sure. I was at school when it was put up so can't help on a price either. We keep the calves in pens and use an automatic feeder.

It's not a permanent structure though, we'll have to change the plastic on it this summer and it will also be very hot on a warm day.
 

sanderzo

Member
Location
isle of man
We had on for 7 years, concrete feed passage and back wall of bedded area. It was 70m long. Calves nearer the ends did better as atmosphere was a bit stuffy in the middle. Blew away during storm Doors. Cost nearly as much to replace plastic and broken hoops than rebuild it as a steel lean-to so a no brained. Also NFU refused to insure it if we rebuilt polytunnel
 

Grazer

Member
Location
SW Scotland
I bought a 20 by 40 ft marquee for calves once for about £600. Thought it was worth a punt instead of the multi hutches that do 4 or 5 at a time. Reared 20 calves well then blew down before mucking out in Jan.

I tried my luck and complained to the selling company (without mentioning calves) and got a replacement for half price.

I've never even bothered to take it out the box.

Built a shed where it was situated.
 

Clay52

Member
Location
Outer Space
I don't know much about polytunnel but when building something for calves make sure it has great ventilation. Too many calves are stuck coughing in poorly ventilated sheds.
 

Bald Rick

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
Be okay in the winter but too hot in the summer. We used one for years for lambing in Feb-April and then for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc in the summer & autumn. Plastic lasts about 5 years before it becomes too brittle and need heat repellent tape on the hoops.
Just another small point if putting calves in - watch they don't chew a hole in the plastic cover because once damaged, it will rip as soon as any wind gets up
 

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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