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More animal welfare & less work
A stable high milk yield requires animal-friendly housing methods.
For the lying area, this means comfortable, non-slip and clean free stalls, where cows are happy to spend more than 12 hours in a relaxed position. This protects the joints, relieves the hooves and enhances animal welfare.
Improved joint health
If a cow lays down on a hard lying area, its body weight is focused on one point. Excessive pressure can cause hairless areas and skin damage, leading to joint inflammation and lying damage.
In contrast, soft lying areas ensure that the pressure of the body weight is distributed across as large an area as possible. Hygiene in the free stall also plays a key role, as the accumulation of feces and fluids is a dangerous source of infection. Elastic lying mats with a slight slope to the rear edge can be kept clean and dry with relative ease and help to actively prevent lying damage.
Higher milk yield
In addition to air, optimal barn climate and feed and water intake, the soft lying area has a significant impact on the efficiency of milk production. A cow produces most of its milk lying.
Thus, a cow should spend roughly 12 hours a day relaxing in the free stall, where the udder receives the most amount of blood flow, the rumen is most active and ruminating is stimulated. Adequate space and a comfortable ground are both indispensable for enhancing lying time quality.
Less bedding and maintenance
Compared to traditional deep bedded stalls, elevated stalls with a soft lying mat can significantly save on bedding. Moreover, elevated stalls are also much less maintenance intensive, which additionally reduces the number of hours of work considerably. (However, an adequate amount of bedding to retain moisture is necessary and boosts animal welfare.)
Incidentally: Low straw consumption not only saves time and money, it is also positive from an occupational health and safety perspective: Less straw = less fine dust.
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