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Buitelaar continues to invest in housing for optimal environments

Buitelaar’s state-of-the-art development farm continues to go from strength to strength with the addition of two brand new weaned calves sheds .

These new structures have been designed to provide optimum conditions for health and wellbeing, while also allowing for controlled trials which include, but are not limited to, diet, bedding, space allocation, and temperature control.


Sharing knowledge and trial findings is just a small part of Buitelaar’s commitment to supporting the future generations of farming and driving the agricultural industry forwards.

Alan King, Chair of Research and Development at Long Lane Farm, said "we're excited about the potential findings of these new buildings, particularly those related to temperature control." He notes that the team is actively collecting data on the performance of the new sheds compared to more traditional conventional housing, and how consistent temperatures can benefit the calves.


With over 40,00 cattle passing through our supply chain a year, efficiency is key to ensuring a profitable return to everyone throughout the chain.

We caught up with our Farm Manager, Dominic Mckenzie, on the benefits of these new building to him on farm. "Having purpose built housing makes a huge difference to the efficient day-to-day running of the farm. The uniform pens allow for consistent stocking density as well as easy observations and maximised feeding space. The use of insulated panels helps to protect our calves from the effects of the UK's ever changing climate, creating a more consistent environment which is paramount to us as a large scale rearing unit."

If you’d like to find out more information about our innovative calf housing, click here.

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