Ice formation in winter - KRAIBURG Practical Experience
Ice formation in winter - KRAIBURG Practical Experience

Ice formation in winter

In winter, the danger of ice formation in modern non-insulated cattle houses is present, especially in exterior walking areas like feeding alleys, non-roofed partial sections and open yards.

Problems caused by slurry, waterers or rain/snow freezing:
  • slipping hazard

→ restricted mobility for the animals

  • scraper often cannot operate or the slatted floor clogs up

→ increased soiling

Ice layer breaks from weight on elastic KRAIBURG rubber matAdvantages of rubber mats compared to concrete:

flat, closed surface: rubber, in contrast to concrete, does not absorb any moisture

  • frozen matter can be loosened easier
  • ice is removed by the scraper or falls through the slatted floor
  • animal movement breaks the ice layer on the elastic rubber mat
Report from practice:1)

Sven Jansson, Skara, SE

Sven Jansson, Skara, is very satisfied with KRAIBURG rubber mats in the cold barn

  • 340 dairy cows
  • slatted floor with pediKURA S system

„A big advantage for our cold barn is, that the rubber mats allow a lower temperature inside the cubicle house.

The concrete slatted floor was freezing very quickly. But with the rubber mats we hardly see an ice layer on top of the rubber mat in winter time because of the insulating effect of the rubber.

If it happens that some ice layer is on top of the rubber, e.g. during the night, the cow cracks the ice while walking on the elastic rubber."

Source: 1) Gummiwerk KRAIBURG: "10 Years KURA", 2012

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