There is a University Test below for Hatko Cow Mattresses which explains the benefits and importance of cow mats.
Cow mattress manufactured by HATKO on the milk yield and cow welfare in the milk cows that are kept in free barns, free-stop barns and individual sections. Results obtained from in all three trials are generally summarized in the below table.
Table 28. Summary of the results obtained in all three trials
|CHARACTERISTICS ||RESULT |
|Milk yield ||%7,42 to %17,42 more |
|Animals resting on cow mattress ||Resting longer |
|Number of animals in the feeding area ||%25,35 more |
|Step distance ||Long and comfortable steps |
|Cow cleanness grade ||More clean cows |
|Knee lesions ||Not seen |
|Mastitis ||Not seen |
|Lameness ||Not seen |
When the observation characteristics of the behaviors of the trial groups underlined under free barn conditi- ons are examined, it has been established that ani- mals eating feed were observed to be 14.09 in the cow mattress group, 11,24 in the control group, and animals lying on cow mattress were established to be 14,13 and in the control group to be 13,65. In the analysis condu- cted with these data, the differences among the groups have been established to be statistically insignificant (P>0.05).
In the second trial regarding the effect of the use of cow mattress under free-stop barn conditions, when the animals’ behaviors are observed, those resting inside were observed for 2.93 times in the cow mattress group and 4.19 times in the control group. Outside resting was observed that for 5.93 times in the cow mattress group and 11.53 times in the control group. Behavior
of inside standing was observed for 0.69 times in the cow mattress group, 1.6 times in the control group, and outside standing was observed for 27.77 in the cow mattress group and 37.30 times in the control group.
In the chi-square analysis conducted with these data obtained, the relationship between behaviors of inside resting and inside standing was found to be statistical- ly insignificant (P>0.05). The relationship between two groups was found to be statistically significant (P<0.05) in the analyses conducted for outside resting and outsi- de standing behaviors.
In the third trial regarding the effect of the use of cow mattress in the individual section barn on the res- ting period, when the animals’ resting periods in the cow mattress and control groups are considered, it is
understood that the group provided with cow mattress rests less times, but for longer times in each resting time.
Generally, it has been established that the step distance and resting periods that are the indicators of the cows’ comfort are longer (better) on the floors where Hatko cow mattress is used. In the trials, it has been estab- lished that there is no difference with respect to knee lesions and that they are generally in the grade 1 group.
It has been established that the groups in the trial groups started at the similar milk yield levels, but that there are differences in favor of Hatko cow mattress groups at the end of the trials. It has been understo- od that the group where Hatko cow mattress is used realized 7.42% higher in the free barn compared to the control group; 17,42% higher under free-stop barn conditions and 16,98% higher in the individual section barns. Differences among the groups have been es- tablished to be statistically insignificant as well. While the differences among the groups with respect to milk yield were established to be statistically significant, the differences between daily feed consumptions were not established to be statistically significant. When the mastitis test made in weekly intervals, lameness and cow cleanness grades during the trials are analyzed, it has been established that the differences among the groups are statistically insignificant in all three trials as a result of the chi-square analysis.
As a result, use of Hatko cow mattress is understood to be advantageous with respect to milk yield, mastitis, foot health, knee lesions and resting preferences and walking comfort, in all three barn types.