Because of the profiling in the mat, the rubber is soft and pliant for your cows.
The heavy Cowrubber mats come in rolls. Because of their weight, they stay firmly in place. During conversion or renovation works, the mat can be rolled up again and used elsewhere.
Thanks to the top-quality rubber matting with steel wire inlay, the Cowrubber mat is hardwearing and will last for life!
An investment that always pays off. Certainly when you consider its durability and the improved performance of your cows.
Cowrubber is not only the ideal floor surface for cows. Horses, sheep and people also have better grip with this innovative floor.
The best solutions come from practice. Two cattle farmers came together to figure out how to tackle the problem of slippery stall floors. By observing, thinking, trying and persevering. And of course by using farmers’ wisdom. The result is a product that delights many of their colleagues.
On October 30 and 31 and November 1, 2018 we will be on the Cattle & amp ; Mechanization Trade Days (RMV) in Hardenberg . Our stand number: 627.
Cattle & amp; Mechanization Vakdagen (RMV) Hardenberg is the meeting place for the entire cattle farming, arable farming and contracting industry. This trade fair is the place to get acquainted with the latest agricultural machinery and products.
Stable floors from old rubber mining tires are cheap and claw-promoting, but unfortunately too slippery, experienced dairy farmer Piet Lekkerkerker. A good roughening method could not be found, so he developed his own machine together with colleague Herman Ebbers.
Four years ago, Piet Lekkerkerker from Giekerk had a rubber floor made of old mining conveyor belts in his dairy barn. It pleased in many respects, but turned out to be much too smooth. Out of frustration, he threw the rubber out again two years ago and let his cows walk on the dense concrete floor. “I looked everywhere for a solution and looked at several farmers who had tried to rough it up. But it didn’t work out well anywhere. ”
Yet it did not let him go and he, together with colleague and technology enthusiast Herman Ebbers from Dedemsvaart, started experiments with various grinding discs, knives and machines.
Two months ago, the correct shape appeared to have been found, and the rubber was reintroduced into the barn for 140 dairy cows. It works very well now, says Lekkerkerker. “They walk, fight and run as if they are in the meadow.” He made a video of the animals on the new floor that here .
He wants to say little about how their new machine works. He does say that of the different patterns that they tried, the window appears to be the most effective. “The rubber can now be pushed in well, because it can expand on all sides at the slots. As a result, it becomes soft when walking. ”
The mining belts that are used for stable floors are rejected rubber conveyor belts from the mining sector that are about 25 meters long, 2 to 3 meters wide and 3 to 4 centimeters thick. Dozens of steel cables are incorporated in the lower centimeter, which makes the material very strong. Due to the weight, the tires can be laid on the floor without additional fixing, says Lekkerkerker. The advantage over a conventional rubber floor is in particular the price, which he estimates at half. The livestock farmers want to “go to the farmer” with their machine, under the name Cowrubber. They cannot yet say how much the roughening will cost. But it won’t be expensive, he assures.
Text: José Bongen