In today’s dairy farming environment, it’s critical to make sure your farm runs as smoothly as possible, which includes managing pastures well.
Maintaining pasture health involves regular monitoring and making sure that the grass has met growth targets before it is grazed again. Rubber matting creates a comfortable surface for animals to spend more time on during wet weather,agmat.co.nz which has the benefit of ensuring that grass stays green and healthy. When it is wet, rubber matting provides a good way to manage your pasture.
Wet soil conditions and high stocking density on paddocks, in combination with prolonged rainfall, provide the ideal conditions for soil damage by pugging and compaction. Intensive pugging and compaction can lead to more topsoil and contaminants runoff into waterways, creating further problems. Good pasture management relies heavily on the soil being well-drained and having adequate time to recover after grazing. You must move your livestock elsewhere to allow time for your grass to recover. The animals are often moved onto feed pads, stand-off pads, or HerdHomes. These pads and shelters typically have concrete surfacing, but concrete is cold and hard. Standing animals for long periods of time on this surface may not be the most comfortable or safe option. Animals’ hoofs and joints can really suffer if they walk on concrete, since the hard surface can make them slippery. Rubber matting installed on concrete stands off surfaces will keep your animals off pasture for longer.
Rubber mats have many benefits
The rubber matting solutions provided by Numat cover a wide range of feed pads, both indoors and outdoors. This artificial pasture replicates the feel of a real pasture, so cows are more comfortable, confident, and productive. As a result, milk yield is increased, animals are healthier, vet bills are reduced, and overall animal welfare is enhanced.
In wet weather on your farm, rubber matting is an ideal surface to move your livestock over without causing any injury or discomfort. Check out these examples.
Pads for stand-off
New Zealand dairy farmers are increasingly using stand-off pads. This isn’t surprising – they protect pastures, conserve grass, and prevent mud from accumulating. When you install these stand-off pads with high quality, durable rubber, your stock will stay there much longer than on a concrete surface, giving your pasture time to grow strong and healthy for future grazing.
Herdhomes and Shelters
Concrete surfaces are common in traditional shelters on farms; however, concrete is cold and hard, and if it is not cleaned properly or becomes slippery, keeping animals on it for an extended period can be quite painful and dangerous. Providing excellent cow comfort is Numat cow barn matting. In addition to being warmer and drier, it reduces straw wastage and improves cow condition. Using rubber matting increases cow comfort, mobility, and milk yield while reducing bedding costs and joint injuries.
Pads used for feeding
Feed pads are often used for hours or even days consecutively by cows, so making sure they’re comfortable, and that they’re able to relax is fundamental to their welfare and health. This is where rubber matting is an excellent alternative to concrete; giving cows the assurance of a non-slip surface that they can easily maintain while staying off pasture.