Claw health on soft-abrasive floors - Practical Experience
Claw health on soft-abrasive floors - Practical Experience

Claw health: soft-abrasive floors versus concrete slatted floors

The correct claw angle with approx. 45 - 50° is important:

  • enables good load conditions on the hoof wall

  • high bulb reduces the risk of infectious claw diseases

claw form: correct claw form with angle and bulb height versus critical claw form with too low bulb height

Research: concrete slatted floor in comparison with the pediKURA® system1)

In this study the claw health of

  • 41 cows kept on concrete slatted floors was compared to those of
  • 40 cows kept on slatted floors with a rubber cover (pediKURA® S system )

The measurements were taken three times:

  • 21 days before calving

  • 150 days after calving

  • 305 days after calving

Results:

for cows on soft-abrasive floors:
  • constant dorsal wall angle of about 50°

  • less dermatitis digitalis

  • less Rusterholz sole ulcer incl. primary stages

  • less laminitis

    tendency to less sole wall ulcers

  • tendency to less chronical hyperplasia (corns in the interdigital cleft)

  • less clinically lame animals

This shows that soft-abrasive floor covers make it possible to maintain the physiologically correct claw form.

→ all in all, the claws are considerably healthier than on concrete slats

pediKURA® system :product picture pediKURA and schematic representation of claw abrasion

80 % of the walking area is covered with soft KURA mats, 20 % with soft-abrasive pediKURA® mats.

Further development of this system: profiKURA

→ optimized claw abrasion throughout the cattle house

Source:

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

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