Your Rubber Matting Questions
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Why should rubber mats be installed in milking sheds and on farms?

Rubber mats in the milking shed can deliver many benefits for both the farmer and the cow. Milking times are reduced, cow flow increased, cows don’t slip and get hurt, cows go through the milking process better. How is this possible?

  • The average gait length for a cow on concrete is 600mm but on grass and rubber, it is 800 mm. This more natural movement and increased step length will move cows through the system at a faster pace.
  • Milk let down by cows is also improved through standing on a comfortable rubber surface versus hard, cold concrete, cows feel more relaxed.
  • Cows also come forward to the parlour easier as cows will opt to stand on rubber near the parlour entrance as opposed to concrete in the collecting yard.
  • All parlour designs usually require sharp turns by cows, typical herringbone parlours will have 90 degree turns, rotary platforms require a 180-degree turn etc. anywhere you ask a cow to turn it puts pressure on the claw, this is the main source of claw damage leading to digital dermatitis or white line lameness, the is caused because of the abrasive nature of concrete, whereas rubber provides a cushioned surface.
Is it easy to clean?

Cleaning time should be similar to concrete floors, all Easymat rubber is designed to withstand cleaning chemicals.

How long will it last in Australian Conditions?

With any rubber flooring, it is vital to ensure that the correct mat is used in the correct area and understanding the volume of cows that are being milked will determine how long a product will last.

Easymat products are durable, long lasting in all conditions and deliver value for money for customers – on average Easymat products should last 5+ years depending on application and traffic levels. If you are unsure about what product best suits contact the team at Easymat.

What Easymats are available for milking sheds and collecting yards?
What Easymat should be installed in the milking pits?

For the operator in the milking pit, Easymat offer an EVA material mat 1m X 1m X 25mm (Easymat Anti-Fatigue Mats), interlocking on all sides to provide a seamless finish. This will provide comfort for operatives and reduce fatigue.

How do you recommend cleaning the milking shed matting?

The matting is cleaned in exactly the same way as a normal concrete floor, chemicals and cleaning agents will not affect the mat.

Can the mats be scraped?

Yes, the mats can be scraped with a tractor scraper if there is no flood wash.

Do the cow's hoofs ever get stuck?

The hex and ultra grip mats have countersink screw holes for the mat fixing so your cow’s hoofs are protected and never come near hard objects.

Will the cows lie down on the mats?

Yes the cows will lie down as it provides an excellent soft surface for them to sit on.

Will my dung buster on backing gate work on it?

Yes the large gaps for the water to flow through makes the mat easy to hose down and clean and allows the effluent to flow off the mat, it will also clean with a dung buster and a backing gate works great on it.