The types and specification of cow housing in Ireland has always been evolving. Sixty years ago, the move from outwintering cows in fields to building specific cow housing in yards was triggered by the need to feed more cows quicker. This was facilitated through increased mechanisation and the advent of silage making.
Over the last 30 years, controlling effluent and preventing run-off from damaging the environment became a key plank in cow housing. Thus the easi-feed roofed cubicle shed design became the norm for new builds in Ireland.