Cows in free stall barns must be able to move
Cows prefer to walk on rubber than on concrete. The reasons for this lie in the anatomy of the cattle hoof: On the soft flooring, the longer outer claw can sink in, resulting in optimal pressure distribution as well as better surefootedness. As such, the soft base reduces pressure damage and hoof lesions. This not only has a demonstrably positive impact on hoof health, but also on estrus behavior, feed intake and thus metabolism. The mobility of a dairy cow is, therefore, directly related to its well-being, but also to its economic efficiency.