Irish Farmers Say Cattle Like Rubber Flooring
Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 23, 2012 -- Irish dairy and beef farmers are finding that their animals benefit when rubber flooring is fitted over the typical slatted floors.
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Farmers say the flooring not only improves the health and welfare of the cattle, but also brings improvements in productivity and profitability.
Farmers Guardians quoted one farmer: “Since fitting the rubber we have seen an increase in weight gain, probably because of comfort and warmth, and a 50-60 per cent decrease in lameness from about 8 per cent to 1.5 per cent.
“The cattle get up and down much more easily as they are more confident doing so, which means they lie down a lot more.
“The reduction in lameness makes management so much easier and reduces labour.