Position and design of neck rail - KRAIBURG Practical Experience
Position and design of neck rail - KRAIBURG Practical Experience

Neck Rail - tips

The purpose of the neck rail is to guide the cow when entering and getting up in the cubicle, so that the box will stay clean.

Standard gauge:

standard gauge for positioning neck rail

Modified according to Wandel, 2006

But: there are 10 cm and more height differences within a herd!

height differences in a dairy cow herd have to be considered for positioning the neck rail

Important Advice:
  • Neck rail too low / too far back:
    • cows stand with only their forelegs in the cubicle, the increased mechanical load and the microbial concentration cause claw problems on the hind claws (TUCKER et al., 2005)
    • cows lie too far back or even on the edge
    • bruising on the spinal column when getting up

→ shorter lying periods, increased claw loads
→ cows lying in the walking area, cows standing in the walking area

  • Neck rail too far in the front:
    • increased soiling of the cubicles

→ dirty udders
→ lying damages through softened skin

inappropriately positioned neck rail restrains the cow

Attention: inappropriately positioned neck rails can constrain the cow when standing in the cubicle


flexible neck rails, like e.g. coated chains or sloped chords

interesting solution: flexible neck rail in cubicle

example: long loop bails can be individually adjusted; also recommendable for retrofitting

Practical tip:

retrofit a flexible neck rail with a cheap firehose

tip: flexible neckrail retrofitted with firehose

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