Cattle Management

Last modified: 
2nd April 2020


Efficient cattle production through good management can have a big influence on farm profitability. Fixed costs are generally high and difficult to reduce in cattle production. In order to reduce cost of production, producers should look to minimise variable costs through methods such as out wintering cows. Optimising output is another method of reducing cost of production.

One major limitation in suckler cow herd performance throughout Scotland is fertility. On beef finishing units, reducing days to slaughter through improved performance is a way to optimise performance.

Labour is another large cost for cattle producers. In order to reduce labour requirements but still ensure the safety of the handler, good handling equipment is a worthy investment.

Furthermore, new technologies such as EID readers and weigh heads can reduce labour requirements whilst optimising performance by enhancing data capture on farm.

Through trials on farm, the monitor farm programme investigated options available to farmers to improve the efficiency of cattle enterprises.


Theme Reports

Borders Cattle Fertility Theme Report

Lothians Saughland Cattle Away Wintering Theme Report

Moray Pelvic Measurement Theme Report

North Ayshire -Improving Cattle Performance at Housing Theme Report

North Ayrshire Cattle Handling and EID Theme Report

Sutherland - Herd Fertility Theme Report

Borders - Whitriggs Cattle Out-Wintering Theme Report 

Moray - Beef Monitor Theme Report

Angus - Improving Beef Finishing Efficiency Theme Report 

Sutherland- Improving Livestock Performance Theme Report 


 Ventilation in housing Jamie Robertson Livestock Management Systems

Recommendations for the design of a new,safe and efficient handling systems

Modifying existing cattle handling systems to improve human safety 

Finishing, Feed and Facts! Karen Stewart

Preparing for calving -“Prevention is better than cure

Cattle handling and temperament - Simon Turner.