FAQS1. Q. Are there mats available to suit all sizes of slat?
A. Yes, mats sizes range from just over 4.5 inches to 8 inches and we believe we cover all slats presently manufactured in the USA.
2. Q. Will I have to cut & notch the mat?
A. No, we have a drawing for all of the relevant gang dimensions so that all notching & cutting can be done during our production process.
3. Q. Is your mat made of rubber?
A. No, unlike a number of other mats used on this application that are made from rubber which may have already been recycled, Comfort Slat Mat is made from virgin engineering grade plastics that are designed for a combination of comfort, wear and durability. All materials are non-toxic, which are 100% recyclable. Comfort Slat Mats are custom designed for each barn and all mats have individual identification for purpose of traceability. This is a requirement of ISO 9001 2000 International Quality Standard to which all our slat-mats are made.
4. Q. Will the mats stay in place?
A. Yes, as each mat is fitted to individual slats, Comfort Slat Mat is especially designed with a ‘Spring loaded grip' mechanism to hold the mat in place, combined with the correct sizing of the mat to suit the slat. The base of the mat is made from robust & rigid material to ensure that the mat stays in place. On rare occasions a mat may come up and can simply re-installed by spreading the grip with your fingers (gloves recommended) while applying downward pressure.
5. Q. Will the mats spread with the weight & traffic of the cattle?
A. Most definitely not. Comfort Slat Mat fits snugly over the slat & will not spread or distort, so that the gap between the slats is maintained.
6. Q. How does Comfort Slat Mat compare with other slat mats on the market?
A. The other mats, because of their design are made of one material which is hard and mainly flat and while they give better protection than the bare concrete slats, Comfort Slat Mats are made from three different materials that encompasses resilience, softness, durability & grip, which combined with the unique curved surface ensures that:
A significant reduction in injuries & lameness in animals is achieved by the cored centre of the mat with its ‘Super-soft’ interior. The urine from the animals is speedily dispatched to the pit below-keeping the animal’s dryer and cleaner. The mat promotes a healthy feeding cycle. Cattle are confident in their ability to rise or lie on these mats, so feeding frequency is increase and resting ability improved significantly. The chemically-resistant, high -wear skin on the mat combined with the super-soft’ feel from its center, combines to give excellent wear characteristics combined with optimum comfort for the cattle. In cattle barns, 60% of Ammonia from the animal waste comes from the floor & 40% from the tank. Consequently, the fast removal, particularly of the urine not only keeps the animals dryer and cleaner, but reduces the level of ammonia from the floor. As the mat fits down over the slat, the gap is only reduced by the thickness of the side-wall of the mat (about 1/8 inch) on either side. There is no blocking of the gaps length, so that there is minimum restriction which would prevent the waste from getting to the tank.
7. Q. Are Comfort Slat Mats covered under warranty?
A. Yes, they are covered under a warranty for five years.
8. Q. Can I see the mats installed on farms?
A. Yes, we would be more than happy to make arrangements for a farm visit.
9. Q. Is the Mat Slippery?
A. No - The mat is specially designed for Non Slip.