Peg Söderberg from Moving Floor explains how it works:
"The moving floors are made to slowly remove manure (not for exercise), and the animals do not take notice of the floor moving. The cleaning intervals are set by the user, say on an average that the floor moves one meter (25% of the total surface) in ten minutes and then stands still for two hours before moving again. Bedding materials (different kinds possible) are distributed automatically as well, amounts set by the user. Cleaning intervals should be adapted to the animals, i.e. in cases of diarrhea intervals should be increased. Where the manure exits is a safety brake that ensures no animals can get hurt or get stuck".
The results are quite impressive:
"When cleaning approximately 15 times per day we see following results;
- significant labor reduction
- increased health; calves increased 20-30% growth, cows less mastitis
- less use of antibiotics
- possible reduction of ammonia emissions up to 95%"
Please let us know what you think about this moving floor concept!
We think the moving floor is a nice innovation. For reducing antibiotics and keeping calves healthy the answer lies in better management, feeding and housing (climate).
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