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The adversary of a clean lying area is a cow lying or standing diagonally
→ faeces and urine are deposited in the cubicle
On the average in the past 25 years our dairy cows have gotten 11 cm bigger and their body mass has increased by 20 % 1)
→ They need more space in the cattle house!
no overstocking → better: a few more cubicles than cows!
soft, dry lying area
lying area sufficiently wide and long
enough head space
well-positioned control devices (neck rail, brisket board)
The length of the cubicle determines whether the cow will lie down straight or diagonally. Also important: sufficient head space and well-positioned neck rail!
Take social behaviour into consideration!
With head-to-head cubicles: if possible, lower ranking animals keep a distance from higher ranking ones → with too little headspace, the cows will lie down diagonally
Generally: shiny bars are a bad sign for too much cow contact!
1) Rudolphi B.: "Klasse statt Masse”, 2008
2) Dr. Cook: "Mehr Platz schaffen!”, Elite 5, 2014