Cows are equal to humans – the better they rest, the better they produce. And the best place to rest is in our flexible free stall.
Imagine you’re going to bed, and before your head hits the pillow, your neck is slammed into an iron bracket. When you wake up the next morning, your back and shoulders are so sore because an inflexible duvet has trapped you. I wouldn’t go to bed if I could help it and likewise would a cow.
That’s where the free stall FlexStall™ comes in handy.
- It’s cow friendly. The cows are lying down faster than normal, which increases rest time and thereby increases daily cow milk production.
- It’s flexible so that the cow gets zero injuries, but still sturdy enough to guide the cow.
- It’s durable. That’s why we offer a five-year warranty.
So far, the free stall from Cow-Welfare has been an eye-opener for the dairy industry and the benefits of it have been profound. What we see on average is:
- Rise in daily yield by 2.2 liters per cow (roughly 0.5 gallons)
- Decrease in culling rate by 4-5%
- Increase in resting time by 1½ hours daily
- Decrease in time cleaning the cubicles
- Severe reduction in bedding usage
- Improvement of estrous condition, as the cows are in better health
These benefits may seem too extreme to stem from just changing the free stalls. We know it to be true, but you should see it with your own eyes. Head on over to a local farm to see for yourself (find it through the nearest dealer here), or have a look at the video from our YouTube-channel below.
How to increase cow milk production with FlexStall’s
So, how can the free stall by Cow-Welfare really be so successful? Is there a secret that only we know of?
What it takes are a little cow-knowledge and some out-of-the-box thinking.
In order to improve the yield, we are developing our products to enhance the cycle of rest-eat-drink-rest. If yield were our only concern, then cows should rest and eat all day long. von Keyserlingk and Weary, two professors studying animal welfare at the University of British Columbia, agrees in that “when cows are not in the parlor, they should be eating or lying down. Unfortunately, no one seems to have explained this to the cows”.
When we developed the FlexStall™, we wanted the cow to lie down as fast as possible, because when cows lie down, blood circulation through the udder rises by up to 30%, which in turn means that the cow milk production will rise.
There are countless studies of the optimal size of the free stall, but few studies of how to get the cow to lie down fast. We studied the cow on the pasture and recognized the flexibility it needed when getting up and down. When we thought about ourselves as a human, we could also see the need for a flexible material because if the surroundings of the bed were comfortable to lie in, then we would get in bed faster.
That’s how the free stall from Cow-Welfare was developed, and farmers all over the world reap the benefits of that as we speak.
In our news feed, we have a guide that shows how small changes in the setup can have a great impact on the cows milk production. You can check it out here: How to increase cow milk production.
Lameness in cows – how our free stalls reduces it
AHDB in the UK estimates that the average cost of an incidence of lameness can amount to $275 USD.
There is a number of factors that cause the lameness, but among others, it’s poor quality floors in cattle housing, poor cow tracks, cows being forced to stand for too long on hard surfaces and poorly-designed cubicles.
We (Cow-Welfare) can’t do much in terms of improving the floors and tracks of the free stall barns, but we can keep the cows off the floors and tracks as much as possible, because with the FlexStall™ they are lying longer and more often in the cubicles.
Every free stall barn in the world could benefit from FlexStall™
And so could yours.
We have sold our free stall in numerous countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia. We have sold to more than 3.000 barns all over the world, and the demand is only rising.
If you want to hear more of what we can do for you and your cows, then give us a call and we will help you get the most of your cows.