I just don't like the cattle having to lie down on cold concrete with a sewer beneath them. So we compromised and made a raised concrete platform for the lads and lasses to rest and chew the cud on. A local dairy farmer sold me some old milking cubicle rails to make the cattle rest in line. The cattle soon got used to the cubicles and use them every day. Archie the bullock still likes to lie on the concrete slats. That's Archie for you.
Any road. I still thought that the cattle needed a bit more comfort. So I bought 8 second hand rubber cubicle mats to place in the raised platform/cubicle area. You can't give them straw to lie on because it would block the slats and we would be back to mucking them out again. I suppose rubber is some comfort. But it's not straw or saw dust. What do you think? Should it be ease for the farmer or comfort for the cattle?