Some things to consider for cow comfort in tie stalls
As always, adequate and proper bedding is a must. Some tie stall managers like to use mattresses or waterbeds. These are great options for the concrete surface but should still use some bedding for maximum comfort. Most farmers opt to use straw, sawdust, or sand for their bedding. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
The important thing is that whatever is used is properly managed. This includes using the right amount and adding more or changing the bedding when necessary. On Saturday, I mentioned using the “kneel test” to see if the bedding is wet. Kneel down into the bedding. If you stand up with wet knees, that means your cows are getting more than wet knees. One final consideration for bedding is how it works for manure removal in the gutter system. You want a bedding that will not clog the system and can be removed easily.
Dairy cows can thrive in any environment as long as they are properly managed. A major part of that management is good cow comfort.