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Polytunnel Calf Housing: Creating a Healthy Herd Environment with Polygrow

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

A newborn calf in a polytunnel
Polytunnel Calf Housing


Calves are the future of your herd, and thinking ahead and planning early for their living conditions play a pivotal role in their growth and well-being. Many farmers have turned to polytunnels for calf housing due to their numerous benefits. In this blog, we'll discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy environment for calves in a polytunnel, while also highlighting the contributions of Polygrow – a trusted name in polytunnel manufacturing – in achieving this goal. Additionally, we will explore how the use of PVC covers can offer a high-quality addition as a roofing option, further enhancing the calf housing environment.

Creating a Comfortable and Healthy Calf Environment:

Temperature Control: The calving season can be prolonged depending on your breeding programme and as a result can see many changes in temperature as you move through late winter through to early summer. Calves are sensitive to temperature fluctuations and polytunnels offer excellent insulation, making it easier to maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout the year. This controlled environment is essential for calf health and growth.

Ventilation: Adequate ventilation is crucial to prevent the buildup of moisture and stale air. Polygrow's polytunnels come equipped with ventilation options, allowing you to maintain a fresh and airy atmosphere for your calves.

Natural Light: Natural light is known to improve calf growth and overall health. Polytunnels' transparent covers maximize the amount of daylight that enters, creating an environment that is more similar to outdoor conditions.

Cattle in a Polytunnel
PVC Covers over a Polytunnel Canopy

Hygiene and Cleanliness: Maintaining a clean and hygienic environment is paramount in calf housing. Polygrow's polytunnels are easy to clean, and their robust design prevents the growth of harmful pathogens, making it easier to maintain a healthy living space for your calves.

PVC Covers: A High-Quality Roofing Option

Weather Protection: PVC covers act as a reliable roofing option for polytunnels, offering protection from rain, snow, and harsh weather conditions. This roofing solution ensures your calves stay dry and comfortable.

Durability: Polygrow's PVC covers are built to withstand the elements, offering long-term durability and protection for your calf housing structure. They are resistant to UV radiation, ensuring that they do not deteriorate over time.

Customisation of covers: PVC covers can be tailored to fit the specific dimensions of your polytunnel, providing a seamless and secure roofing solution. This customisation ensures that your calf housing remains perfectly sheltered.

Polygrow's Role in Creating Ideal Calf Housing:

Customisation of structure: Polygrow offers polytunnels in various sizes and configurations meaning you can develop a structure that enables you to choose size, height, materials and fixings. This customisation ensures that you can adapt your calf housing to the space and environment you have available to accommodate your growing herd. For example, we can fit to an existing base or consider wind and weather patterns on your property to adjust installation or add in wind breaks to meet your specific needs.

Cost-Efficiency: Polygrow's polytunnels offer an economical solution for calf housing, with lower construction and maintenance costs compared to traditional barns or structures.

The average life span of a polytunnel structure can be up to 30 years, they are easy to maintain and repair to extend their useful life cycle. Polythene covers have a life span of around 5 years. PVC is more durable with a life span of up to 10 years meaning you have a long term cost effective solution to housing for a fraction of the cost of a permanent structure.

Sustainability: Polytunnels are environmentally friendly by choosing a polytunnel with PVC covers for calf housing, you're making an eco-conscious decision that benefits both your farm and the planet.

Polygrow's commitment to sustainability is reflected in the products. We manufacture our tunnels in our workshop in North Yorkshire so keep polythene and PVC to a minimum. We are embedded in our community, employing local people and working with local suppliers wherever possible. We reduce shipping miles, and costs, by keeping our tunnel deliveries in-house and ordering supplementary materials direct to site and we re-purpose and recycle polythene wherever possible.


Creating a healthy environment for your calves is vital for their growth and well-being. Polygrow's polytunnels, with the added advantage of PVC covers as a high-quality roofing option, offer a compelling solution for calf housing. These polytunnels are also customisable, durable, cost-efficient, and sustainable – making them a smart choice for farmers who want the best for their calves and their farm.

When it comes to calf housing in a polytunnel, you can trust Polygrow to help you raise healthy, thriving calves in a comfortable and nurturing environment.

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