Your bedding system is not just an initial outlay. It is an investment that, if made well, will generate a return as your cow’s comfort and general welfare will be greatly impacted by its performance over the course of its life. This in turn will directly impact on your herd’s productivity.
The majority of systems will perform quite well for the first couple of years before they start going hard / forming hollows / going brittle / ripping etc.
This is why we at Mayo are guaranteeing the performance of our bedding system – not just its visible existence in the cubicle at the end of the guarantee term.
- Our system will never go hard. It physically can’t.
- It will never lose its multiple independent study market-leading rating for hygiene as it will never become absorbent and therefore harbour bacteria.
- It cannot go brittle so it will never become an abrasive surface.
Demonstrative Graphic of Potential Bedding Performance:
The Mayo Original System performance (fitted by us) we guarantee for 15 years.
The Mayo Original has a life expectancy of 20+ years.
The Mayo Mattress System performance (fitted by us) we guarantee for 10 years.
The Mayo Mattress has a life expectancy of 15+ years.
We at Mayo are governed by a set of principles developed over 30 years and built completely around a cow’s welfare. Innumerable hours observing the behaviour of cows in a cubicle house environment have shown us that, without question or exception, the healthiest most productive cows are the most stress-free cows.
THE MAYO PRINCIPLES:
When genetics and feed regime are taken from the equation the performance of your cows will depend on their housing environment. It is difficult to quantify what the net effect of an individual’s facility is having on their margin but everybody is aware of the dramatic consequences an incident of lameness can have.
Much consideration is given to cow movement, cow flow and drinking points in virtually all buildings new and old and this consideration needs to continue. However the greatest consideration is being given to cubicle design.
The cubicle structure is just a guide and will act as a guide regardless of shape or form. Its function is effective for extremely short periods in the cow’s routine and has little to do with the overall quality of the environment. It does have a role to play but this role must be considered in terms of the principles that determine whether the cow’s natural preferences are being met.
Principle 1. Ease of access. Determined by the height and position of the neck rail.
Principle 2. Shock absorbent bed to cushion impact from free fall, determined by floor cover.
Principle 3. Optimal softness to ensure that the bed closely resembles field conditions, determined by floor cover.
Principle 4. Non-slip surface to enable the cow to have complete confidence in getting up, determined by floor cover and positioning of correct brisket board type.
Principle 5. Ease of escape determined by neck rail, cubicle design, passage width & anti-slip property of floor cover.
Principle 6. Hygienic surface, determined by floor cover.
Principle 7. Stress reduction in entry and escape given almost 360 degree vision of the cow by removing any perceived trip or hit hazards.
Principle 8. Ease of maintenance determined by floor cover.
Principle 9. Feasibility and cost effectiveness, determined by existing conditions.
Principle 10. Long lasting quality system determined by all of the above.
To put these principles into practice it is necessary to look at the height of the neck rail and the position of the brisket board but the most important element is the bed.
Call now or use the contact form to find out more or to arrange your no obligation cow welfare site assessment with one of our experts!!
Joe and Niamhanna Egan, Directors of Mayo Cow Comfort.