What is the point of Cow Cubicles?
The point of Cow cubicles first and foremost is to index cows properly. Proper indexing means the cow lies squarely on the bed reducing soiling, accidental teat damage to a neighbouring cow and maximising cow spaces. Some flexible cubicles on the market seem to have gone away or forgotten this resulting in damage to teats, loss of cow spaces with cows occupying 1 and a half or 2 spaces which also results in more beds to be cleaned and a large drop in overall herd health. Your cow cubicles should be designed to promote cleaner conditions, thus helping to maintain the health of your herd. We provide cubicles that are designed to do just this, giving greater control over where the cows urinate and defecate to ensure this is done in the passageway rather than in the cubicle bed. This is the purpose of a cubicle.
Steel V’s Plastic Cubicle
- 100% labour saving compared to plastic cubicle
- Cleaner beds and far lower bacteria levels on steel cubicles because of correct indexing
- Lower somatic cell count on steel cubicle V’s plastic cubicles
We have several mounting options for our cubicles
Single Line Post & Rail Mounted cubicles
Where a wall is not good enough to hold cubicles, we use the post and rail system. A 76mm post is placed every second space with 60mm cubicle pipe all tied in with your unique cubicle clamps for added strength. This free-standing system is perfect for this scenario, maximising strength, and durability.
Head-To-Head Post & Rail Mounted Cubicles
We use the post and rail system on our head to head cubicles. The cubicles are stood with a 76mm post or tie into an RSJ every second space. Our unique cubicle clamps add strength when linking our 60mm pipe on to our posts and cubicles.
When installing head to head cubicles the cubicle pipe is offset from the centre. Many people think the centre is the uprights but in fact, the horizontal pipe is the true centre for the cubicles. This needs to be accounted for when setting the beds or with the cubicles. (Example 6’6ft one side and 6’9ft cubicles the other)
The post and rail single or head to head system allows for adjustment up or down the row providing for superior comfort for all cow sizes while properly indexing the cow to lie squarely on the bed reducing soiling and accidental teat damage to a neighbouring cow.
Channel mounted cubicles.
The cubicle pipe is mounted to the wall using our channel brackets in a fixed position. This means the cubicle cannot be adjusted up or down the row like some of our other mounting options. The design provides for superior comfort for all cow sizes while properly indexing the cow to lie squarely on the bed reducing soiling and accidental teat damage to a neighbouring cow. This design only works well with good wall preferably mass concrete.
Z rail wall mounting Cubicles
The cubicle pipe is mounted to the wall using our unique Z-rail brackets and 60mm cubicle pipe. This means the cubicle can be adjusted up or down the row to suit.
This design provides for flexibility for all cow sizes while properly indexing the cow to lie squarely on the bed reducing soiling and accidental teat damage to a neighbouring cow. This design only works well with good wall preferably mass concrete.
Other cubicles :
How are cubicles made
The Super Loop/ Cantilever Cow Cubicle
The Super Loop cubicles, the design provides for superior comfort for all cow sizes while properly indexing the cow to lie squarely on the bed reducing soiling and accidental teat damage to a neighbouring cow.
This will result in the cow lying for long periods. Increased lying times combined with improved cow comfort leads to higher milk production. Our Super Loop Cubicle comes with a wide range of cubicle fittings and accessories. There is a wide variety of cubicle lengths available to suit any cow type and any length bed.
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.”