While it may not be suited to all farms due to land type, location or topography, outwintering is still a realistic option on many farms. This can be done on grassland with deferred grazing and supplementary feed or through the use of forage crops such as kale, rape or hybrid brassicas that have seen a rise in popularity in recent years.

Where outwintering can be successfully carried out, the benefits can be significant. Firstly, costs are reduced compared with having stock housed and fed indoors.