by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
It’s probably not as varied as flooring meant for humans, but “there’s all kinds of ideas out there” as to what flooring is right for dairy cows, according to Curt A. Gooch, dairy environmental systems engineer with Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program.
“Flooring is probably the area of biggest oversight” when it comes to cow comfort and safety, Gooch said.
Gooch gave a presentation about dairy farm flooring at the 2017 Winter Dairy Management recently.
Simply reducing the decision to initial cost isn’t wise because in the long run, the wrong flooring reduces cow comfort (and thus production), increases risk of lameness and can contribute to falls. [Read more…]