Do you have any bother with cows calving on the slat mats because I was thinking of having an etra calving pen with a roll of mat instead of straw or would it be too slippy
I calve everything on the slat mats over there. I'll move them out to a bedded pen later today. There's never been a problem calving them on the mats. I have to add that I would only have a max of 2 cows in the maternity pen at any time. Also, I only keep mature cows over there that have a history of calving on their own.
It's not ideal to be calving cows 60 miles from home but this way works well for us and it appeases the father in law and saves my ear.