How to reduce/ limit cattle slipping in winter?

Discussion in 'Barns and Pastures' started by Cowlover, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Cowlover

    Cowlover New Member

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    Hello we bring our cattle herd inside, as many do, from the pasture over winter which keeps me busy however I get fairly nervous about the possibilities of our cattle slipping over on wet sometimes slightly mucky concrete. (especially when our bull tries to serve a cow) This can obvioulsy lead to injury or even a broken leg which has happened once about four years ago. I scrape the barn passages 2 or three times a week however the scraper doesn't seem to be all that effective, a film of muck often gets left. This maybe that I need to change the rubber blade on the scraper however assuming that doesn't work is there anything else I can do to make the passageways safer for the cattle?
     
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  2. tnsalersbreeder

    tnsalersbreeder Cattle GURU!

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    Yeah, leave cows on pasture as they were intended!
     

  3. Cowlover

    Cowlover New Member

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    Thats not a good idea where I live not enough grass and the fields would be turned into mud pits ruining the grass
     
  4. tnsalersbreeder

    tnsalersbreeder Cattle GURU!

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    Where do you live in sure it's no worse than here. Keep doing it like your doing it though. Don't say I didn't warn you!
     
  5. Traveler24

    Traveler24 New Member

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    I would look for a concrete person to see what they can do to make it non skid. Problem with that is its tougher to clean. That would be where I would start though.
     
  6. oreana

    oreana New Member

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    A barn is a terrible place to keep an animal. Better off outside even in bad weather. If your cows can't take it, get tougher cows. Learn about rotational grazing and stockpiling grasses.
    Who put a concrete floor in a barn in the first place?
     
  7. Cowlover

    Cowlover New Member

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    How is a barn a terrible place to keep cattle? Its only during the wet winter months! Their cows of course they're hardy enough, they are hereford crosses. As I said before here in the UK it gets too wet the soil gets too churned up if we leave the cattle outside ruining the grass fields. The barns we keep them in are big airy, with loads of natural light and half the shed is bedded up with straw. So Honestly I don;t know what you are talking about, its common practice here, we don't have big open plains like in the US for cows to roam (unfortunately).
     
  8. oreana

    oreana New Member

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    UK has been raising cattle for 4-5 hundred years and bringing them inside in winter, yet no one has figured out how to keep a floor clean? I'd keep that a national secret if I were you! HAHA!
     
  9. charloisfarmer

    charloisfarmer New Member

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    They have the same problems at dairys in my area at least i really dont know if theyve ever came up with anything my dad figured rubber mats would help but prob hard to clean but theres some rude comments coming from these questions it pisses me off because this forum is for questions idk y people feel the need to judge when they dont knoe your reasons
     
  10. empire

    empire New Member

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    Scrape down the alley ways and spread sawdust or sand. They require traction under hoof or that's when slips occur. Most dairies around here bed in sand and have very rough concrete finishes on their floors. I spread a thin layer of sawdust all over my barn floor and clean as needed and replace the sawdust. Less slipping.
     
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  11. sanketdivine

    sanketdivine New Member

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    you can try to use rubber maat to prevent cows or bulls from slipping in your shed.