Reduction in antibiotic use
The good manure drainage and coating also ensure a very low presence of pathogens on the slat. Salmonella bacteria and oocytes (the ‘eggs’ of coccidiosis) can survive on wooden slats. No pathogens can attach to Super Coated slatted flooring.
This reduces the disease pressure and results in lower antibiotic use. As bacteria are unable to survive on a cleaned Super Coated slatted floor, the system also helps to mitigate antibiotic resistance.
Preference trial on working farm
A preference trial on a working farm revealed that young calves clearly prefer the Cattle Floor to a conventional, wooden slatted floor. During the trial, the calves were free to choose where to lie down. When the positions of the wooden slats and the Cattle Floor were changed, the calves again showed a clear preference for the Cattle Floor.
Research performed by students at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch (NL), showed that calves on the Cattle Floor performed more self-care than calves housed on a conventional wooden floor or a welfare slatted system with a rubber top coat. This means that calves feel comfortable enough on a Cattle Floor to exhibit their natural behavior.