A substantial number of deals are carried out each year for renting of sheds or wintering animals on a B&B-type arrangement. This, in turn, gives rise to a high level of queries regarding fair charges for both parties involved, while associated factors such as forage costs, where included, and labour and machinery running costs are also areas that raise questions.

Teagasc recently published a comprehensive guide to charges for wintering arrangements in 2020. The guide addresses all of the questions raised above and allows an individual cost per head to be determined for each of these variables. The type of animal will have a major influence on charges negotiated as it will influence how many animals can be comfortably housed in a given space, while where forage is part of the deal the intake requirement will directly influence total volumes and typical costs.