Why rubber mats in sow houses?

Group housing

Extremity problems like claw and limb diseases, as well as lameness, are increasingly among the reasons for culling sows in group housing. For group housing to function with high performance animals, sow agility and freedom of movement, together with joint and claw health, are the paramount factors. Conventional concrete slatted floors are too hard and abrasive, especially in the lying area.

abrasions on joints and claw wallConsequences:
  • lying down and getting up on hard floors takes effort and negatively affects lying behaviour
  • joint swelling
  • joint and wall horn abrasion during lying
  • mechanical weakening of the claw
  • injuries are entryways for pathogens - on the joints as well as the coronal edge (paronchia)
  • severe lameness to some extent

Farrowing house

Existing floors in farrowing houses are often slippery. Hard lying surfaces increase the risk of shoulder ulcer formation.

shoulder ulcerConsequences:
  • with fear of slipping sows get up less
    → decreased feed and water intake
    → increased risk of MMA (mastitis-metritisagalactiae syndrome)
    → rearing performance gets worse
  • increased crushing losses
  • lying too long in one position increases the risk of shoulder ulcer formation
    → inflammations and pain lower sow performance

Rubber mats in the sows’ lying area decisively contribute to their well being, as well as to their health! 

products characteristics


group housing
PORCA relax U bite-optimized rubber mat for the sows´ lying area – universal: standard dimensions for paved/concrete floors with a slope 2 years
PORCA relax F bite-optimized rubber mat for the sows´ lying area – form: tailor-made for paved/concrete floors with a slope 2 years
PORCA relax S

even more comfortable mat with air cushion base frame and integrated lying hollows for lying cubicles on slatted floors

2 years
farrowing house
PORCA fix for confined sows in farrowing pens: front area especially protected with bite-optimized Protect-surface 2 years
PORCA KN simple mat as low-cost wear commodity for confined sows in farrowing pens
piglet nest
PORCA nest simple mat for piglets in the piglet nest

The products presented here should only be used for the mentioned applications. Technical specifications are subject to alterations. All sales are subject to our General Terms and Conditions. Legal basis is the German version of the document.

thickness: +3/-2 mm
length + width: +/- 1.5 % (DIN ISO 3302-1 tolerance class M4)
The tolerances also apply within the mat and when installed.

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From Research & Development

From Research & Development From Research & Development

Why rubber mats in the sow house? The subject floor condition in pig keeping has been investigated in scientific studies. more »