An increased milk production of up to 1kg per day for cows using the SCB compared to a reference group kept under the same conditions without SCB, has been reported after a study conducted at Cornell University in the US. The same study showed an important decrease of clinical mastitis in the herd using the SCB. As the use of the brush improves general herd health, it also reduces costs of treatment and involuntary culling.
SCB improves the animals’ blood circulation and the cow can scratch whenever she wants to, without the risk of injury caused by the animals’ tendency to scratch on any sharp surface in the barn.
The brush has a safety function that makes it turn off automatically in case a cow gets trapped and it is easy to unroll. The cows that use a cow brush are cleaner with less itching and therefore calmer and more balanced. If it is installed in the right space in a loose housing barn, it helps the flow of cow traffic by guiding cows from the feeding area to the resting area. The use of a SCB also decreases the fights between animals around water troughs and feeding area.
A study by Cornell University in 2009 shows better animal health due to a reduction of clinical mastitis in cows of second and higher lactation with a SCB present.
The increased productivity means the cow can produce more milk with the same resources used. The loss of milk due to illness is reduced. SCB is the lowest energy consumption brush of the market.
The automated function provides better working conditions as it reduces a heavy part of the manual work load that otherwise would be required to keep the cows clean. The SCB in itself is easy to keep clean and easy to install, as it is pre-mounted. The swinging cow brush is approved by the German Agricultural Society, i.e. the Deutsche Landwirtschafts- Gesellschaft, DLG.