Why use plastic Calf boxes ?
Dairy Advice | 5 June 2019
We have seen in the past calf boxes made of steel with wooden lodges used in various livestock farms. These particular choices worked preety well , but plastic ones have some advantages comparing to steel ones , which is worth of mentioning .
Calf boxes made of steel tend to cool when it’s cold outside and warm up when it’s hot (thermodynamically speaking, steel is a duct). Wood is insulating, such as plastic, but it is organic and porous and can absorb moisture and bacteria, making it more difficult to clean while using them .
The plastic calf boxes are lighter, of good insulation and easy to clean. Also, the polyethylene calf boxes were designed and built specifically to accommodate young calves. They keep the calves warm in the winter and offer shade in the summer.
Before we put a calf in a hutch, we put a layer of sand. We use sand because it is an inorganic sewage that will not have much moisture or bacteria. The portable nature of calf boxes give us great flexibility to ensure that newborn calves grow in a clean environment.