Friedrich & Klemens Schnieders, Germany
WELFARE-FRIENDLY VEAL FLOORING AT THE SCHNIEDERS FARM
Welfare-friendly Veal flooring at The Schneider’s veal calves farm in Germany. We recently visited their farm to see our EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber in action.
Twin brothers Friedrich and Klemens Schnieders have gained extensive experience within the veal industry and have operated a calf-fattening business since their early schooldays. The brothers first established a farm in their hometown before moving to a new base on the outskirts of the town in 2013. They now operate their business of fattening white veal calves for the well-known company Denkavit. Both Friedrich and Klemens agree that there is great potential for growth within the veal industry.
The brothers are constantly observing what is happening in the market, and are particularly interested in the continuous developments that are occurring. Prior to installing EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber they visited numerous farms throughout Holland and observed that veal calves walk and lie better on rubber flooring. The Schnieder’s have both formed the conclusion that investing in a welfare-friendly rubber flooring works extremely well in terms of providing comfort for the calves, which ultimately affects their overall performance which inevitably delivers the desired results.
EASYFIX WELFARE-FRIENDLY VEAL FLOORING IS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE FOR ENHANCED COMFORT & INCREASED PERFORMANCE
Since installing the EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber the Schnieders have noticed that calves knees and heels are in much better condition as they have a larger and more secure surface to manoeuvre on. The calves can lie easier and walk better. The stables are much cleaner and the calves are dryer as a result of the rubber flooring.
When the brothers were designing the barn in 2013, installing rubber was not a major issue, however the brothers quickly realised that it would be an investment for the future and provide them with an advantage going forward.
WELFARE FRIEDNLY VEAL SLAT RUBBER BY EASYFIX ENCHANCES CALF COMFORT
The Schneider’s described why they opted for the EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber over other products on the market;
“Since the first ones we saw were solid rubber and EASYFIX has got an air chamber in the middle, we know that this is why the calves lie on a soft and warm surface. The air chambers also have an insulating effect. Moreover, we found out that calves with bone problems or calves that do not have strong bones, which lie on EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber flooring, will develop strong bones. We have never had a calf whose bone problems, did not disappear.”
ADVANTAGES OF INSTALLING WELFARE-FRIENDLY VEAL SLAT RUBBER
The Schnieders observed that, when the calves feel comfortable they gain more weight, they need less medicine and the air in the stables improves. The brothers noticed that air conditions in their stables are much improved, as the manure has been drained, the direct results of this are rapid weight gain, fewer expenses for medicine and more comfort for the calves. They believe that an animal that feels comfortable will automatically gain more weight.
The Schnieders installed the EASYFIX Veal Slat Rubber – VR77. They have the slat rubber installed for just over five years now, and except for some small details it is 99% in great condition and therefore they would choose EASYFIX again
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