Clipping cattle going into beef units

Clipping hair off the back of cattle can help reduce animals overheating in sheds, especially in weanlings or intensively fed cattle, as it helps to keep animals cooler and reduces heat stress in a heavily stocked shed.

When clipping cattle, the more hair removed from the animal’s back, the better.

Taking at least three runs either side of the spine will help to reduce sweating when housed. Trimming the tail may also help to keep cattle cleaner.

Clipping will also help reduce the incidence of lice on cattle. On some farms, a lice treatment will be needed later on during the housing period.