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Healthier animals & higher productivity
Slatted rubber flooring ensures greater slip resistance and comfort. This is demonstrated, for example, by fewer injuries, natural movement patterns and the preference of animals for rubber. On rubber flooring, bulls reach slaughter weight faster than animals housed on concrete slatted floors.
Joint and hoof health improves significantly on rubber mats compared to concrete slatted floors. Tail tip injuries are also much less common and less pronounced on a soft floor, as soft conditions underfoot reduce the severity of bruising.
Faster weight gain
Greater weight gains due to increased comfort, better energy balance and feed conversion lead to significantly shorter fattening periods.
The fact that fattening bulls on rubber tend to reach slaughter maturity earlier has also been verified in a study conducted by the Götala Research Center, which investigated the influence of concrete slatted floors compared to rubber flooring on 80 Swedish Holstein bull calves.
Animals choose rubber
Fattening bulls can move safely and are visibly more comfortable on elastic, slip‐resistant rubber flooring. They can lie down and get up naturally and pain‐free, and less heat is lost through the floor when lying down. In a study conducted by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Munich, partial covering of the pens showed that fattening bulls clearly preferred the areas covered with rubber.
(Generally speaking, we recommend full covering to ensure that even lower-ranking or weaker animals can benefit from the flooring. Find more details about this in our Installation criteria for fully slatted pens.)
Natural animal behavior
Rubber flooring protects the joints, meaning getting up and lying down occurs naturally and more frequently. This obviously promotes feed intake. Improved sure‐footedness supports more balanced behavior and well‐being.