KURA walkway flooring for dairy cows – field report
KURA walkway flooring for dairy cows – field report

Kårtop farm, Skara, Sweden

Kartop farm, Skara, Sweden, field report 10 years KRAIBURG KURA walkway flooring made of rubber in the dairy cow cubicle houseProfile:

  • 340 dairy cows
  • slatted floor with 1300 m² pediKURA® S system
  • since 2002

Kårtorp farm is a family owned farm in mid western Sweden. The dairy includes 340 milking cows plus recruitment and the cubicle house and parlour were built in 1995.

walking alley in the dairy cow cubicle house, measuring step length for locomotion study, Kartop farm, Skara, SwedenSeveral research projects of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Skara have been performed at Kårtorp, such as a study about the effects of the soft floors on locomotion of healthy and lame cows, a floor preference test and a long term study where effects on claw health and locomotion of different flooring systems for heifers and cows were studied – all studies with very good results for the KURA mat.

Sven Jansson is responsible for the technical housing and maintenance. He tells about his experiences with the KURA rubber flooring:

"It is an excellent product and a huge advantage compared to the slippery concrete slatted floor. Before we had much problems because the cows felt so insecure and were afraid of walking on the concrete slats. We had the most problems when the cows were on heat because they are more active then. During the bulling behaviour it happened
very often, that the cows slipped away. We often had problems with cows getting hurt.

Since we installed KURA S the cows are active the whole year. We don´t have any problem with silent heat, injured or broken legs. Another positive effect is, that we reduced lameness.

KRAIBURG KURA S slatted floor covering made of rubber in the dairy cow cubicle house, since 2002, Kartop farm, Skara, Sweden

KRAIBURG KURA S slatted floor covering made of rubber in the dairy cow cubicle house, since 2002, Kartop farm, Skara, Sweden, cows prefer rubber

The next big advantage for our cold barn is, that the rubber mats allow a lower temperature inside the cubicle house. The concrete slatted floor was freezing very quickly. But with the rubber mats we hardly see an ice layer on top of the rubber mat in winter time because of the insulating effect of the rubber. If it happens that some ice layer is on top of the rubber, e.g. during the night, the cow cracks the ice while walking on the elastic rubber and the ice disappears through the slits.

Until now, we cannot see any weakness or wear on the rubber mats. They look like in the beginning and they are still strong.

We received a totally new, claw friendly and slip-resitant floor with the KURA rubber mats without investing in new slats because the old slippery concrete elements are covered with the durable rubber mats and I am sure the rubber mats do another 10 years.

Our experience is only positive in all aspects. Everybody should have rubber in the cubicle house!"

KRAIBURG KURA rubber flooring in the dairy cow cubicle house, since 2002, Kartop farm, Skara, Sweden, cows prefer rubberKRAIBURG KURA P walkway flooring made of rubber in the dairy cow cubicle house, Kartop farm, Skara, Sweden

pictures: Evgenij Telezhenko

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