Midwest Grooving is an established business specializing in farm animal comfort and safety through the installation of square-edged grooves of all livestock traffic areas. Studies show that grooved concrete is the better answer to your cattle’s footing with the straight edge ninety-degree angle that our grooving machine creates. The cow's hooves catch the straighter edge compared to the “rounded” edge made by stamping or floating in the wet concrete.
Concrete grooving is a cost-effective way to save your cows from slipping and falling or doing the splits. Grooving is the quickest and most cost-effective service you can provide your cows for slipping or falling. Typically, if you lose one cow, the grooving would have paid for itself.
Midwest Grooving can groove existing concrete or newly poured concrete. We recommend a diagonal or a diamond pattern which allows for better footing in any direction of movement. If you already have grooves, we can groove diagonally over them to give your cows’ better footing.
Grooving your concrete can also help for heat detection. The grooves will allow the cows to stand solid while being ridden.
Our grooves are permanent - not like sand, scarifying, or scrabbling. Sand can be an ongoing expense. Scarifying and scrabbling wear down from cleaning equipment and will need to be repeated frequently. Depending on the hardness of the concrete, the grooves will last up to 10 years and sometimes longer. The more even/flat surface of the concrete and grooves are also better for the bottom of the cow's feet compared to rough concrete.
If you’re planning a new barn or addition, Midwest Grooving will work with your concrete contractor to assure your job is done promptly and have the right groove pattern needed.
This is in a milking parlor, they had mats in there and took them out because of the number of cows they were loosing. When they pulled out the mats there was no Grooving on the concrete and it was like ice. The cows were hesitant to walk on it because of the unsure footing. They were slipping and falling. We did the diamond pattern throughout. Once we did the first set of grooves done you could see the confidence in the footing, when we finished with the second groove the cows were running into the holding area, jumping and kicking. The herdsman and employees were so pleased.. we received many thumbs up and smiles!