The Benefits of Group Housing for Older Calves

Calves eat together in a summer pasture.

For a long time, it was tradition to keep older calves separated rather than housed together in groups. However, this is very labor-intensive and can make it more difficult to efficiently feed and observe the calves. Group housing for older calves is a natural, cost-effective solution that can provide early social interaction for your calves, as well as a variety of other benefits for both you and your calves.


Why Should I House Calves Together?

Feed Consistency

Individual intake of food is harder to monitor. If calves are housed together then it becomes much easier to monitor how much they consume. Computer-controlled automatic feeding systems have become more popular throughout the years because of how efficient and easy it makes feeding group-housed calves. It’s also easier to set feeding schedules and monitor their progress in order to achieve desired weight gains.



Group-housed calves are easier to observe and monitor when they’re all in one place. This also comes in handy, as it makes it easier to identify and quickly treat ill calves.


Socialization and Improved Welfare

Group housing makes it easier for calves to socialize, as they’re introduced to it at a young age. It’s natural for calves to socialize, and it can lead to a happier, healthier herd. In addition, group housing makes it easier to manage your calves’ nutrition.


Is Group Housing Right for My Calves?


Group housing can help you maintain a healthy herd and reduce your level of labor. To guarantee success with group housing:

  • Install automatic feeding systems
  • Provide proper nutrients
  • Closely monitor performance
  • Provide adequate temperature regulation
  • Provide good ventilation

If you’re interested in making the switch to group housing for your calves, Carlson Wholesale Inc. has all the supplies you need to help keep the younger members of your herd healthy. We offer solutions for group housing, drinking systems, and more. Get in touch with us to learn more about how group housing can benefit your calves, or view all our products on our website.

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