Gummiwerk KRAIBURG Elastik GmbH & Co. KG
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320 dairy cows
paved concrete walkways and slatted floors with KURA/pediKURA
“With the KRAIBURG mats we observe five to six mountings during heat. This is the advantage of this mat. Claw health has improved, too.
The quality is good. We still have the same mats in the old cubicle house from 2002 and no abrasion has appeared. In the new cubicle house from 2009 we installed KURA P again and pediKURA in the crossovers. According to our claw trimmer there is not more horn growth. Claw trimming is now more prophylactic, i.e. done for checking the claws.
With four milking robots we have free cow traffic. The cows need to be able to walk well to get to there, but it’s obvious: the cows move well.”
“I think rubber is ideal for slatted floors. The manure can be pushed through the slits well – so the floor always remains dry and clean.
We are very satisfied with claw health, too. You cannot save directly on claw care, it is integral, but it is actually more for care and checking. We don’t have any more claw injuries like we did in tying stall housing.
It is especially important with the milking robot that the cows walk well and like to walk, because otherwise they don’t go for milking on their own.”
paved concrete walkways, holding area and travel lane with KURA/pediKURA
“In my opinion the advantages are that the dunging passages can be cleaned better and are drier. In addition, the walkways are softer and more comfortable for cow claws.
From August 2010 to April 2011 we adapted the entire herd to robotic milking. We covered the new areas with KURA P, the crossover alleys with pediKURA P. We observe that the cows slip a lot less. Important is the pain-free, comfortable and safe walking! Otherwise we would need to push the cows more.”
paved concrete walkways with KURA P
“Natural cow movement positively affects heat detection and through this we have achieved higher pregnancy rates.
Furthermore, cow activity is very important on our farm, because they have to walk voluntarily and more often to get milked than on farms with a conventional milking system. On the average we have a 3.5 milking frequency per cow and day. This proves that our cows like to walk on KRAIBURG rubber mats.
The official vet noticed immediately, how relaxed and straight backed the cows walk and not – as can be observed on many other farms – tread cautiously ahead with arched backs. The claw trimmer is enthusiastic about how nicely shaped and healthy the claws are. He only has to trim them, not treat them.”
You will find detailed field reports on experiences with walking alley covers in the book "10 years KURA" »