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It has been long shown that cows move about more on rubber flooring. Animals that are more active are also more productive and healthier, because they do not stand idle and refrain from important natural behaviours.
Platz et al., 2007
Step length reveals whether the animals feel secure when walking. Comparative measurements in cubicle barns show that cows take significantly larger steps on rubber than on concrete floors, comparable with step lengths of ca. 80 cm on natural soil.
Ruminants should consume their feed in smaller rations as often as possible in order to keep pH fluctuations in the rumen to a minimum. Cows move about more securely and pain-free on comfortable walking areas. This encourages them to feed more frequently.
"We’ve often noticed that our cows move more sprightly on soft walking areas – this shows us that they feel more secure and experience no pain
when they walk on the mats. Which is what we need to keep things running smoothly around our two milking robots."
Elisabeth and Johann Jäger, Fridolfing, Germany: slatted floor with profiKURA