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Deep-litter cubicles: effects of maintainance on lying behaviour of dairy cows 


Cubicles are frequently insufficiently maintained on farms. The question is whether this causes shorter lying times and affects well-being. Dairy cows are supposed to lie 12 to 14 hours per day in their cubicles.
A study of the Bavarian Research Centre for Agriculture shows the effects of bedding maintenance on the lying times of the cows.


This study aimed to comparing different levels of straw bedding (good: straw bedding 20 cm; bad: bedding 5 cm, around 3600 cm² without bedding) to soft lying mats (KRAIBURG KEW Plus) regarding lying behaviour and preferences. Data were collected in a dairy house with 60 cows (Bavarian Fleckvieh) and a robotic milking system.


Tiefboxen in gutem Pflegezustandgood straw bedding maintenance



Tiefboxen in schlechtem Pflegezustandbad straw bedding maintenance



  • Die Belegung der Tiefboxen reduzierte sich auf weniger als die Hälfte. 

  • Die Liegezeiten pro Kuh und Tag gingen um über 2 Stunden zurück.

Preferences of straw bedding levels and lying mats

preference behaviour of cows between deep-litter cubicles and lying mats on cubicles depends on bedding maintenance

Lying time (h) depending on different straw bedding Level
lying times of cows in deep-litter cubicles depend on bedding maintenance



In conclusion reduced bedding levels affects the cows lying behaviour and lying position. High straw bedding quality is important for a good welfare in dairy cattle. If farmers have not enough time for cleaning and littering the straw beddings they should use soft rubber mats.

Source: Reiter, K., Freiberger, F., Abriel, M., “Straw bedding maintenance: Effects on lying behaviour and preferences of dairy cattle”,

LfL Grub, 2006

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The deep bedded cubicle cushion

  • Thickness: ca. 10 cm
  • 2-layer composition
  • Surface: air cushions

  • Lower side: blade profile
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For elevated deep bedded cubicles

  • Thickness: ca. 3 cm
  • 4-component system
  • Surface: U-shaped profiling

  • Lower side: air cushions
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