Drain channel mat for drier walking alleys

Dairy cattle

Drain channels
collect urine
Reduced ammonia
Optimized grip and
hoof abrasion

Dry walking alleys & fewer emissions

The volume of the drain channels ensures sufficient urine is generally collected with a two‐hour scraper frequency. The gently curved and deformable surface between the drain channels offers a 6% slope and slight profiling when unloaded. The soft walking surfaces are animal friendly and offer pleasant walking comfort. Further, the surface comes with incorporated abrasive corundum. This improves slip resistance, even with dry flooring, and supports the correct hoof form through optimized hoof abrasion.

  • Allows liquids to drain quickly and reliably

  • Reduces ammonia release through the fast separation of feces and urine*

  • Ensures drier hooves and helps support hoof health

  • Eligible for support in various countries as an emission-reducing rubber mat

profiDRAIN fact sheet
30 mm
96 - 196 cm (in 2-cm increments) × 125 cm
Width × length
optiGrip, curved

* KTBL, 2022: Eligible techniques for reducing emissions in livestock buildings

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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.

Source: Oehme et al., 2018
Source: Benz, 2002

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.

Source: Eelkema et al., 2004
Source: Platz et al., 2007

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.

Better fertility

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.

Source: Werny, 2014
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