What is Dairy Grooving ? Cow Times Darold Klinworth explains that simple grooving in the cement can make a world of difference to cow flow into the dairy and safety for cows and workers alike.
Some dairy yards become slippery when wet or worn. Injury is inevitable when cows (and even workers) slip. A slippery yard surface affects cow flow into the dairy because cows become fearful and hesitate. It's just not worth the risk, because it's so simple to fix. Concrete yards can have a number of successful treatments applied to reduce their slipperiness . Cutting grooves into the yard surface is a common solution. A diamond pattern is easy to constuct and provides good traction.
For best results: Diamonds should be at least 12mm deep; and, the points of the diamond should point up and down the slope to help with yard washing.

When laying a new concrete surface, use an experienced contractor with a good track record in cow yards; many yards have been spoiled by inexperienced installers.
Make sure the the surface is not too rough, as this causes lameness.
To test, walk on the yard in bar feet. if it is uncomforable for you, it's too rough for your cows.
Article taken from the Country News Pg:15 Monday Dec 29th - 2008

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