COMFORTABLE HOUSEHOLDING - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Rest areas in cowsheds When creating conditions for cattle to rest in a lying position, it should be remembered that a cow will repeatedly get up and lie down in a den (about 10-15 times a day). Changing the position from standing to lying leads to the fact that the cow rests with her entire mass on a small area of \u200b\u200bthe wrist. Too hard or too soft material used in dens can damage the animal's joints. Therefore, a material that warms up under the pressure of the cow's wrist from 16 to 28 mm is suitable. Too soft is not good, as it makes it difficult for animals to get up and down, while a floor that is too hard can put undue stress on cows and increase the risk of compression injuries. The surface of the material covering the floor must not be rough, as this may lead to abrasion of wool and other injuries. It is recommended to use a substrate with a coefficient of friction of at least 0.5 m, which corresponds to a dry concrete slab. It must be clean, dry, anti-slip, deformable and insulating. The choice of material for a pet bed depends on how the animals are kept and the type of floor. In prisons and freestanding sheds, m.in. are used for mulching: mats and mattresses, straw and beads.