Document Type

Article

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This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

4. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, 4.3 VETERINARY SCIENCE

Publication Details

Acta Vet Scand (2017) 59:34

DOI 10.1186/s13028-017-0302-3

Abstract

The objective was to investigate the effect of placing mats on concrete slatted floors on performance, behaviour, hoof condition, dirt scores, physiological and immunological variables of beef steers, and to compare responses with animals on out-wintering pads. Continental crossbred beef steers [n = 360; mean (±SD) initial live weight 539 kg (42.2)] were blocked by breed and live weight and randomly assigned to one of five treatments; (1) Concrete slats alone, (2) Mat 1 (Natural Rubber structure) (Durapak Rubber Products), (3) Mat 2 (Natural rubber structure) (EasyFix), (4) Mat 3 (modified ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam structure) and (5) Out-wintering pads (OWP’s).

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13028-017-0302-3


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