Control Feedlot Losses with Double D Cattle Mats™
Christin Merwald 04/03/2013 @ 11:48am
U.Sfeedlots are projected to see “slightly negative” profit margins in 2013, according to BloombergDue to high corn prices it’s becoming more and more difficult to feed cattle for profitIn this tough market cattlemen must control their losses.
Thanks to Double D Family Mat Shop they can control injury and weight loss due to slick and unforgiving surfacesDouble D Family Mat Shop produces floor mats that reduce falls in processing areas by nearly 100%.
"We've run 150,000 cattle over our mats and they're still going strongSince we put the mats in we have not had a calf fallReducing slippage also reduces stress on the cattle," said Scott Sturgeon, DVM of Sturgeon Vet Services in Rocky, Oklahoma.
A standard 4 x 10 mat in front of the chute costs less than $450The loss of one 1,100 or 1,200 pound steer at $1.30 per pound could cost around $1,500That cost of injury more than justifies the price of a mat that will last for years.
“A lot of our customers process 500-750 head a dayTo throw one of our mats down in front of the chute costs them less than $450That mat will last them three to five yearsIf you figure running 390,000 to 585,000 head across the mat in just three years, the mat costs less than a penny per headAt that rate many of our customers are finding it risky to not install the mats,” said Dale Goetz, President and CEO of Double D Family Mat Shop.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., suggests using non-slip mats made from woven tire treads to reduce the chance of hoof damageRibbed and barred concrete can tear at the hooves whereas the woven pattern of a Double D Cattle Mat provides a soft, firm surface no matter how dirty the mats getDouble D has also developed a hook to help move the mats around for cleaning underneath.
"We just use a crowbar to move the mats and clean them at the end of the daySometimes we'll need to power washWe don't have any trouble keeping them clean," said Sturgeon.
Double D Cattle Mats are made by weaving together discarded tire treads and then fastening them with stainless steel bolts, making them virtually indestructibleThey're heavy, too, so they don't move often in heavily traveled areas They are great for alleyways, sale barns, vet clinics, packing plants, trailers and anywhere livestock encounter slick surfacesThe traction and soft surface are especially beneficial around the chute.
Double D Family Mat Shop, Inc., is a family-owned and operated manufacturer of custom-built livestock slip reduction systemsOur heavy-duty, rubber mats protect livestock and employees from potentially costly injury in heavy loading and processing areas