The KURA options
- Custom-made for every slatted floor
- Very dimensionally stable and durable mats
- Simple installation with patented rubber pegs
Walking areas with manure removal system
- Paved ground
- Puzzle interlock system compensates for thermal expansion
- Puzzle section parallel to the scraper cleaning flaps is extra reinforced
Rotary parlor carousel
- Custom-made for every rotary parlor carousel
- Quick and easy installation: Also between milking times
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Walking area mats: Safety & healthy hooves
KRAIBURG walking area mats are specially designed to meet the natural needs of cattle:
It is soft and animal friendly, thereby improving hoof health and sure-footedness. The cows express their gratitude through increased activity and enhanced performance. Lame-free cows are more fertile and have a positive impact on work and costs. Animal-friendly walking areas pay for themselves!
Relief to the hoof
Hard ground inevitably causes pressure peaks, especially at the rear outer claw and results in an incorrect load. Our rubber flooring ensures a natural sinking depth of about 3 mm. Pressure measurements carried out by the University of Leipzig on cattle hooves confirmed that pressure peaks on rubber are much smaller than on concrete. This results in enhanced pressure distribution and is comparable to the effect of walking on a pasture.
Improved hoof health
Cattle are soft soil walkers by nature. Cows experience greater support on elastic ground and their hooves are also relieved thanks to enhanced pressure distribution. Our rubber mats are specially designed to meet these needs. This leads to a significant decrease in mechanical‐traumatic hoof damage.
Higher milk yield
The more comfortable and slip resistant the walking areas, the more active the cows in the barn. As a result, the cows not only feed more, their hooves are also healthier. Overall, these are the various positive aspects that contribute to a greater milk yield. A study by the Van Hall Institute in the Netherlands demonstrated a milk yield increase of about 3.3% per year thanks to improved walking comfort.
Natural animal behavior
It is well proven that cows walk more each day on rubber flooring than on concrete. Other natural cow behavior, such as licking on three legs to care for the skin in the udder‐thigh gap, also increases. Important for fertility management: On species‐appropriate soft walking areas, cows in heat mount or ride others more often, making estrus detection much easier.
More frequent mounting facilitates estrus detection. This helps to improve fertility performance on the farm. The figures speak for themselves: For instance, the calving‐to‐conception interval can be reduced significantly by using rubber mats in the walking alley.
Let us take a look at the installation of our barn mats. Which tools do you need to install the rubber mats? How can you achieve the best possible result? We will guide you step by step, revealing valuable tips and tricks that facilitate laying rubber barn mats!
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