How many months of the year do your dairy cows spend grazing outdoor? Are they equipped with strong feet and legs to walk between the barn and the field? How do they handle rough weather — and how is their feed intake?
Having cows out to pasture a certain amount of months per year is a common practice for organic and modern family farmers in the Scandinavia. The advantages of this type of farming include fresh air, daily exercise and better animal welfare.
But switching between the indoor barn and the outdoor fields make certain traits in your cows even more important: Hoof health. General health. Feed intake. Resilience. Medium-sized. You want your cows to live long and last long, making your dairy business profitable, sustainable and enjoyable.