When it comes to your dairy yard, ensuring the right surface can make a significant difference in the health and productivity of your cows. Many farmers are now turning to rubber matting for their yards, but how much does it cost? We’ve got the answers for you.
Understanding the Full Cost
Farmers often question the total cost of laying rubber in the yards. It’s more than just the price of the rubber; there are multiple facets to consider:
- Assessment and Planning: Before you even buy, there’s a need to evaluate your yard and make an appropriate plan for the matting.
- Supply and Installation: This includes not only the rubber matting but also essentials like anchors or fixing.
- Site Preparation: This can involve cleaning the yard or even clearing old matting away to make way for the new matting.
- Health and Safety Measures: Ensuring the wellbeing of both workers and livestock is crucial. This could entail additional costs.
- Logistics: The cost of getting everything delivered to your farm shouldn’t be underestimated.
Quality & Type Matter
It’s essential to note that not all rubber matting is the same. Different grades and thicknesses come with varying price tags. While it might be tempting to opt for a cheaper version, remember that the quality does impact longevity and performance. The matting’s grade can significantly influence its wear and tear rate.
Ways to Save
For those keen on the benefits of rubber matting but are budget-conscious, there are ways to keep costs down:
- Opt for a Lower Grade Matting: While this can save you upfront, be aware that it will wear out faster, necessitating replacements sooner than higher-grade alternatives.
- DIY Installation: Some farmers might opt to install the matting themselves. Though this can save on labour costs, it’s vital to ensure the job is done right to avoid future issues. If you choose to go the DIY route, make sure you follow the supplier instructions to ensure your mats are installed right and will last the distance.
Based on the size of your yard, here’s a rough breakdown:
- 200 Head Yard: Around $20,000 to $30,000
- 400 Head Yard: Between $45,000 to $65,000
- 600 Head Yard: Between $60,000 to $80,000
However, every yard has its unique characteristics, and these are just estimates. It’s always best to get a customized quote for the most accurate pricing.
Investing in rubber matting is a significant decision, both for the welfare of your livestock and your pocket. By understanding the costs involved and the potential ways to save, you can make an informed choice that benefits your farm in the long run.
If you’re considering this for your farm, the team at Numat is always ready to help. For a personalized quote or to learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.