14 November 1997

Comfy mat saves medicated solution

DAIRY producers can treat cows feet with less medicated solution using a padded mat they will enjoy walking on, says Ritchey Tagg.

The Hoof Mat is said to be made from high density polyurethane foam covered by a heavy duty woven polyfabric and needs only 30 litres of solution, although this needs topping up after every 50 cows, explains Ritchey.

When placed at the parlour entrance, the company says cows will find the mat soothing to walk on, with the cows weight pushing the solution between the claws to ensure good coverage. And by using the mat on entry to the parlour, the solution has time to penetrate before cows return to mud or slurry, it adds.

After use the Hoof Mat can be hosed down and hung up to dry, says Ritchey.

Each Hoof Mat costs £90 (01765-689541).