The first thing you need to know about barns is that they are the best way to get out of the house and to enjoy the outdoors.
The second is that it’s all about the animals, with the majority of the costs paid by the animal welfare organisations and the taxpayer.
“A lot of it comes down to what the animal is used for and whether they are going to be used for the environment,” said Dr Jennifer Bancroft, the executive director of the Australian Cattle Industry Association.
“That can be a bit of a grey area because the majority are not going to have the capacity to care for a lot of animals.”
She said some species of cattle would be best suited for use as grazing land.
“If you have an older animal, it’s not going go for long enough, so you might want to give it a few months off to get it used,” she said.
The final question to ask is whether the cattle are healthy.
Bancrock said that it was very difficult to determine if the cattle were healthy and healthy animals would have a much better chance of staying in the barn.
“It’s all dependent on the animal.
If it’s healthy, they’re going to thrive in the home, but if it’s unhealthy, you’re probably going to see some problems,” she explained.
“What you have to do is look at the animals behaviour, their health, their welfare and if they’re not able to handle the load that you put on them, then they might be at risk of moving out.”
Dr Bancrot said there were a few animals that had been rescued that had not been in barns for too long.
“The one that I’ve seen is an adult white male that had a ruptured bladder, which was caused by a previous bull being put to sleep,” she added.
“He wasn’t the biggest one of the animals I’ve looked at, but it was a very healthy, healthy animal.”
Dr Peter O’Connor, a veterinarian and owner of the Animal Rescue Group in Queensland, said he thought most people were aware of the importance of animal welfare, but there was a lack of understanding of how to best manage the situation.
“You have to be really careful of what you’re doing with animals and the animals environment,” he said.
“For instance if you’re going out and you have a bull that’s going to get loose in the yard and it’s a small, small animal, you’ve got to make sure it doesn’t get hurt or run over or get any kind of injury, otherwise you’re risking the animal’s welfare.”
A range of solutions Dr BANCROFT said the best solution was to provide the animals with a safe environment.
“Once you’ve established the conditions for them to live in, then you can give them some exercise and a nice, quiet place to go,” she suggested.
“And if you have cattle that are healthy, you can provide them with plenty of grazing land.”
However, she said that the animals should be given time to recover from the trauma they experienced.
“As soon as the animal gets a bit sick, it’ll recover very quickly, but when it’s over you’ve lost all the benefits of that,” she told AAP.
“They need to get into a place where they can recover, where they feel comfortable and where they’re able to recover.”