Housing Systems

When improving existing facilities or designing a new building, focusing on optimizing animal health and comfort can facilitate animal management and reduce occurrence of injuries and disease.

Accommodation must provide for animals’ needs and should consider how they experience the space, as well as how building design and layout can facilitate easy management and sanitation for disease control. Building materials and flooring can be chosen to facilitate easy disinfection and avoid causing injuries to animals and people. Appropriate temperature, ventilation and drainage are key to achieving optimal climate and air quality in a building by removing dust, airborne pathogens and moisture where microorganisms thrive. It is also important to allow enough space to avoid overstocking and ensure that all animals have adequate access to food and water of good quality, space to move around and rest comfortably with appropriate social contact. Improving housing facilities can help streamline management practices to reduce stress of both animals and stockpersons.

IBERICO: Extensive Pig Production in Spain

Best Practice Guide: Optimal Housing

316 – Effects of Reducing Antimicrobial Use and Applying a Cleaning and Disinfection Program in veal calve farming (Research paper – Dorado-Garcia – 2015

Sheep wellbeing – a holistic approach to management

Outdoor Autumn Calving System on a UK dairy farm

Mastitis reduction in an indoor-housed herd (use of sand beds)

Preventing and treating respiratory disease in calves

Improving calf housing with polycarbonate calf pen sections

Automatic spray system of Animal Life Plus

Environmental control in the farrowing unit

Optimal housing for healthy and less stressed dairy cattle

The influence of low temperature on dairy cows

Optimal housing conditions for sheep

Coating surfaces in poultry, pig and dairy farms

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591