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Comfort mats for
Advantage: lower labour and space requirements, efficient manure removal system, clean animals
Disadvantage: more slippery, increasingly interrupted lying down movements and altogether fewer lying periods, often lying damage e.g. swollen or inflamed carpal joints, tail-tip injuries / necroses
Softer lying areas are clearly preferred by the animals.
Within the framework of this study the effects of concrete slatted floors and of two different rubber floors (Rubber-Slat®, Fritz Foderstyrning AB and LOSPA swiss, KRAIBURG) on the behaviour, claw and leg disorders, claw growth, animal cleanliness and fattening bull productivity were investigated.
The study was carried out at the Experimental Station Götala of SKARA University (Sweden) from November 2007 until December 2008. In the pre-test phase 80 Swedish-Holstein bull calves (from 100-225 kg) were kept in a non-insulated stable on deep litter. The experiment (225 -650 kg) was carried out in an insulated stable in 16 pens
(3.65 m x 2.94 m).
LOSPA swiss: the fewest sole and whiteline haemorrhages with a medium severity degree and no severe diseases at all!
Source: Graunke et al., 2011: Does rubber flooring improve welfare and production in growing bulls in fully slatted floor pens? Animal Welfare 2011, 20: 173-183 ISSN 0962-7286