As innovative then as they are now: In 2002, KRAIBURG was the first manufacturer to develop a rubber walking alley mat specially adapted to the anatomy of the cattle hoof. Soft walking in dairy barns thus began 20 years ago with the KURA mat. Since then, the product range for walking areas has continuously been developed. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Everything is possible, from a wide range of paved / concrete floors to custom-made slatted floorings and rubber mats with integrated slopes.

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.

Not all hoof abrasion is the same

Hard ground leads to hoof abrasion, especially in the ball area, which causes the hoof to tilt backwards. This results in an excessively flat hoof angle with defective positioning and incorrect loads. Since 2009, KRAIBURG has, therefore, been integrating hoof abrasion into the rubber mat using abrasive corundum. profiKURA is thus the only walking alley mat that creates a combination of anatomically adapted softness, high level of slip resistance and correct hoof abrasion. This means that hoof trimming is used for the purpose of real care, rather than for correcting defective positioning and incorrect loads.

Everything the walking alley needs:

Gentle softness, optimum grip, correct hoof abrasion, dry surface

The recently developed walking alley mat is wedge-shaped and thus creates a slope towards the center of the walking alley. profiKURA 3D, therefore, combines all the advantages of the entire KRAIBURG walkway mat range: On the one hand, the integrated slope ensures dry walking areas and reduces ammonia emissions. On the other hand, the profiKURA surface provides the mat with a very high level of slip resistance even in dry floor conditions, has lower profiles and is thus easy to clean.

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20 years of soft walking - a lot has happened...

We look back on the 20-year history of our walking area mats: See how it all began and what is possible today. Come with us on a little journey through time, visit the rubber mat production as well as farmers who tell about their experiences.

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