FEEDLOTS

Design Objectives

The design objectives for a feedlot production pen are to:

• Provide an environment for cattle where production performance and animal welfare are maximised

• Promote safe access for cattle to and from the pen

• Minimise environmental impacts such as odour and dust

• Promote drainage to provide a comfortable environment for cattle and minimise environmental impact

• Optimise the management and removal of manure from the pens

• Minimise ongoing maintenance costs

• Provide a safe working environment for pen riders and other feedlot personnel.

Construction of a new feedlot or expansion of an existing feedlot requires adequate planning.

The goals of planning cattle feedlots are to:

• Minimize animal and worker stress during handling,

• Feed cattle in an adequate and efficient manner,

• Provide well drained cattle space,

• Maintain efficiency and profitability of feeding operations, and

• Protect the surrounding environment.