Slip resistance of walking area coverings made of rubber – Practical Experience
Slip resistance of walking area coverings made of rubber – Practical Experience

Slip resistance of walking area coverings made of rubber

In 2011, a cubicle housing system with an internal feeding alley and external cubicles was built at the HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria. The walkways were covered with walking alley mats.

In summer, cows slipped more often due to the insufficient removal of dried layers of manure on the surface. Because of that, on both outdoor walking alleys part of the area was laid out with walking alley mats with improved grip (profiKURA P).

In summer 2015, animal movement was measured and evaluated.

KRAIBURG profiKURA walking alley mat made of rubber for slip resistance and claw abrasion in dairy cattle houses

profiKURA P:

  • animal-friendly softness and improved grip

  • optimized claw abrasion

Step length

cows make longer steps on KRAIBURG profiKURA rubber flooring for walking alleys

Number of slips and slip length

total number of steps: approx. 2,500 each

cows slip less and for shorter distances on KRAIBURG profiKURA rubber covering for walking alleys in dairy cattle houses

The cows move safely on the walking alley mats installed in 2011.
On profiKURA P safe movement becomes even better. With about the same number of steps the cows slip considerably less and for shorter distances.

If the cows slip more often in summer because of dried smeary layers on the walking alley, cleaning the walking alley with water helps. As soon as the animals have direct contact with the rubber, they are surefooted again.

source: Pöllinger A., Zentner A.: „Rutschsicherheit von gummierten Laufgangböden”, HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, 2016

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