Benefits of soft-abrasive walking areas - KRAIBURG Practical Experience
Benefits of soft-abrasive walking areas - KRAIBURG Practical Experience

The benefits of soft-abrasive walking areas

Studies show:

  • cattle choose soft flooranimals prefer soft ground → freedom of movement is not restricted
  • nature-orientated load conditions → nature-orientated abrasion
  • claw abrasion and position correction 365 days a year
    • measurements prove: claw angle remains fairly constant between 2 claw trimming dates 1)

  • physiological shape of the claw is preserved 2)
  • less haematoma and dermatitis digitalis than with cows kept on concrete 2)

Problem animal housing:

claws often become too long and flat

Problem animal housing: too long claws enhance claw diseases

Causes of incorrect claw form:
  • too much abrasion on the bulb and heel horn erosion. This is a vicious circle, because the claw form is already “sloped” and results in imbalanced load

  • high horn growth, often with poor horn quality through high yield, feeding etc.

  • claws too long → Rusterholz sole ulcer

  • hard abrasive surfaces smooth the claw flat (hardly any slope of the sole)

In nature:

sandy constituents in the elastic soil ensure that horn formation and abrasion are kept balanced

ideal claw form in nature

Correct claw form is important:

  • good load conditions on the hoof wall

  • high bulb reduces the risk of infectious claw diseases


abrasive surfaces like pediKURA® or profiKURA provide with the abrasive agent corundum and the special profiling integrated into the surface for gentle claw abrasion


1) Benz, B.: „Feldversuch mit weichen, abrasiven Laufflächenbelägen in 6 Milchviehbetrieben”, 2009

2) Günther M.: „Vergleich von Klauenentwicklung und Klauengesundheit bei Milchkühen auf Spaltenboden mit teilweise abrasiven elastischen Auflagen und Betonspaltenboden”, 2015

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