Huber Technik Comfort Roll Cow Mat
Huber is a comfortable and durable continuous roll of mat. O’Donovan Engineering has been selling Huber Technik comfort roll cow mat and mattresses for over 20 years in the Irish market. Made up of 15 mm rubber bungs and 5 mm of solid rubber to increase cow comfort (10.7 mm compression when the animal lays down). Mat is a long turn investment so it is important to know what you are buying.
All mats are DLG and PAH tested. Huber is one of the only mats on the market PAH tested and certified.
What does that mean?
- DLG – is a quality mark “DLG-approved for single value-determining criteria” is awarded to agricultural products. The products have successfully passed a DLG usability test according to independent and recognised evaluation criteria.
- PAH – Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are a group of over 100 different chemicals. PAH’s are known for their carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic properties.
DLG tested and certified.
The test centre technology and farm inputs of DLG (German Agricultural Society) is an independent test company in Frankfurt. DLG performed the following “Signum Tests” on Geyer & Hosaja rubber cow mats
Deformability & Elasticity Test: Evaluates softness, comfort, and elasticity of a rubber mat before use and after simulating 10 years of normal use.
Permanent Tread Load Test: Evaluates the top and bottom surface wear and softness of a rubber mat after simulating 10-years of normal use. Artificial Cow’s foot exerts 2,200 pounds of downward pressure.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of over 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic compounds. PAHs are known for their carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic properties. Rubber and plastics are high risky materials containing PAHs.
Vet And Cow Comfort Researcher
Nele Schermeier is involved in large farm projects all over the world. These including Russia, Italy, England, Germany and Turkey, covering a wide range of different environments.
Speaking on what makes the best rubber mat/mattresses, she said: “No matter what climatic situation or what kind of system the farms are using, it
Vet And Cow Comfort Researcher Nele Schermeier
always comes down to: What is the best for our cows?”
In her opinion, consistency is key. “Only high-quality rubber mat/mattresses keep their quality features over a long period of time.”
A consistent high-quality rubber mat/mattress gives a cow the convenience she needs to feel save under foot to reduce stress. Slippery and uneven ground is a stressor to the dairy cow.
Elevated stress hormone levels can have a negative effect on milk yield, reproductivity and even affect her unborn offspring.
A testimony to the quality of Huber mat and mattresses is the fact that there has been 0% warranty claims over the last 30 years. Huber comes with a 10-year regressive warranty.
Over 120,000 Irish cows are currently lying on Huber Technik comfort roll since we started distributing the product. The N20 roll is fixed to cow bed with 1 M8x80 stainless steel coach screw at every cow space under the cubicle at the cows head. A testimony to the quality of Huber mat and mattresses is the fact that there has been 0% warranty claims over the last 30 years. Huber comes with a 10-year regressive warranty.
Hugh MacEneaney, Teagasc Dairy Adviser, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny
“Good facilities allow farmers to expand production and incomes and add to the asset value of the farm. They also lead to a better quality of life for the farm family by reducing the workload and the drudgery. In many cases, particularly on dairy farms, buildings pay for themselves over a 7-10 year period. This is especially true when capital grant and tax savings are available.”