A new hybrid cattle slat, which is 50% rubber and 50% concrete, has been launched in Ireland by Wright Quarry Products from Co. Monaghan.
The ‘Wright AB ECO-Floor’ was officially launched at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
The ECO-Floor is designed to provide a high-grip surface, split evenly across profiled concrete and rubber with 40mm openings, according to the manufacturer.
It is hoped that the combination will provide increased cow-comfort and activity level, whilst also causing optimum wear to the cows’ hooves.
The hybrid slat has been licenced from a European counterpart and will be manufactured at Wright’s headquarters in Co. Monaghan.
The Monaghan-based company hopes the partnership will be an “ideal fit” going forward for the family-run business.
Commenting on the product launch, Wright Quarry Product’s Business Development Executive, Stephen Wright, said: “We are really excited to be bringing a new, innovative, yet proven product to the Irish market.
The wheels started turning on this project over four years ago and we are confident the ECO-Floor will deliver the efficiencies that our customers seek and require as part of their successful farm business.
The floor surface is profiled, “offering excellent manure drainage” as a result, the manufacturer added.
Meanwhile, the rubber inserts are securely protected within the concrete slat. This is meant to allow surface scrapers to “pass unobstructed and effectively across the ECO-Floor”.