Coolmore Ireland 2020 Brochure
Cattle Cattle form an important part of our grassland management plan. Horses are notoriously selective grazers, and cattle will graze areas within paddocks that have been ignored by the horses, thereby ensuring an even crop of rich pasture throughout each and every paddock. This grass will have a high nutritional content which will massively benefit the young horses raised at Coolmore. From the month of October onwards, when grass growth slows and the land can become wet and prone to damage, the cattle are moved indoors into large sheds. They are bedded down daily with straw previously used in the horses’ stables providing comfort for the cattle. The sheds are cleaned out regularly. The farmyard manure is then processed into a stable organic compost, keeping greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum. In the spring, as the evenings begin to lengthen and the days become warmer, the cattle are let out to pasture in small groups. This is a sure sign that summer is on its way.
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