Croom Gripped Slats

Croom Concrete’s gripped slats provide improved grip to the cow, improving cow confidence and safety.

Our unique method of grooving cuts the grooves into the slat before they leave the yard providing a clean cut finish. The 5mm deep – 10mm wide slots allow the fluid to drain off the slat and into the tank, leaving less material on the surface of the slat to come between the cow hoof and the concrete to cause slipping.

  • IMG_7129
  • IMG_7143
  • IMG_7145
  • IMG_7152
  • IMG_7187
  • IMG_7232
  • IMG_7235
  • WP_20150610_012


Benefits of a Grooved / Gripped Surface:

Animal’s hoofs deform when they slide over a rigid surface. This deformation means that hoof deforms around irregularities in the floor surface, giving rise to a total friction made up of two components. The first is the adhesion component of friction between the hoof and the surface and the second due to the delayed recovery, hysteresis, of the hoof after being deformed by an irregularity.

Wet floors are effectively covered in a lubricant that is likely to make adhesion component very small. Thus it is the hysteresis component that must be relied upon to give grip. On a smooth surface, a film of liquid (slurry or water) lies on the surface and the hoof cannot come into contact with the floor so slipping occurs. Our gripped slats have a texture that allow this liquid film to be squeezed away, rapidly, then the hoof can come into contact with the floor before a slip occurs. These effects are analogous with smooth tyres and aquaplaning in a motor car. A roughened surface, whilst it may allow rapid dispersal of the liquid film, provide only a small hoof/floor contact area. This can lead to excessive contact pressure and in extreme cases puncturing of the sole of the foot. A surface with appropriate grooving, which allows rapid liquid drainage and provides hysteresis as the foot contacts the groove, is a more acceptable solution. This is analogous to the tread in a car tyre.

groove dimensions

Why the Croom Grip?

Our method of gripping provides maximum grip with the minimal amount of glazing. This differs from grooves that are imprinted during casting which fill up and glaze very quickly.

Precast Concrete Agricultural and Farm Products - Gripped Cow Slats Cut vs. Imprinted

Croom Gripped Slats

Automatic Dairy Unit for Baluch Dairy Farm in Devon

Newly finished 280 unit automatic dairy unit for Baluch Dairy Farm in Devon, UK by the Croom Concrete Agri team. Complete precast package supplied including supporting columns, prestressed support beams, head to head cubicle beds and our highly recommended profiles…

Triple slatted tank in Dungarvan, Co.Waterford

Triple slatted tank completed today in Dungarvan, Co.Waterford.

Concrete for Cattle

The design, research and development teams at Croom Concrete are leading the field in a revolution in livestock management and husbandry.

Croom Concrete Has A Wide Range Of Precast Products For Housing Livestock Including Cattle Slats, Cubicle Beds, Pillars, Support Beams And Pre-stressed Passage Slabs

Croom Concrete has been producing precast concrete cattle slats for the agri-construction sector for over 30 years.  The slat sizes can be designed to suit individual shed requirements.  Our recommendation for dairy cow slats are for a grooved standing space…

Tidy Shots of A Double Tank of 14’6 Slats

Tidy shots of a double tank of 14’6 cattle slats finished by one of our cattle slat crews this week.

New dairy unit nearing completion in Co.Meath

New dairy unit nearing completion in Co.Meath. Just shy of 800ft of precast dairy slats supplied by Croom Concrete.

Some impressive pictures of our latest piggery project nearing completion.

Some impressive pictures of our latest piggery project nearing completion by Croom Concrete.

Double Tank of Croom 12’6 tractor Slats Installed in West Cork

Double tank of Croom 12’6 tractor slats being installed in West Cork by one of our slats crews last week.

Fit out of a new piggery with precast pig slats and support beams in Cork

Fit out of a new piggery with precast pig slats and support beams kicking off in Cork this week.

Site visit to a farm in Devon

Site visit to a farm in Devon last week where we supplied a complete suspended floor system for a new 240 cow unit back in 2016, using a complete precast solution with our unique column & beam to support cattle…

A dairy unit nearing Completion in Croagh, Co.Limerick

Another dairy unit nearing Completion in Croagh, Co.Limerick. Crooms unique double grooving utilized throughout the project offering unbeatable grip leading to enhanced animal comfort and confidence.

New dairy unit nearing completion in Causeway, Co.Kerry

New dairy unit nearing completion in Causeway, Co.Kerry.

New Dairy Unit Taking Shape in Dungarvan

New dairy unit taking shape in Dungarvan, Co.Waterford. Croom’s unique dairy grip used throughout.

Fitting out of accommodation area for new robotic dairy unit in Devon

Fitting out of accommodation area for new robotic dairy unit in Devon coming on nicely.

New beef unit in Co. Wicklow finished

New beef unit in Co.Wicklow finished, complete with prestressed suspended feed passage.

New dairy slurry store nearing completion in Co.Limerick

New dairy slurry store nearing completion in Co.Limerick. All slats supplied with Croom’s unique profiled dairy grip.

New Slurry Store Southern Wales

Customers Eurof and David Jones from Llangadog in South Wales recently choose Croom concrete for the supply of precast for there new slurry store. The external measurements of this massive store were 100ft in width by 210ft in length.

New Slurry Store

Job Complete in Sept 2015 Precast Products Supplied for new Slurry Store:

Croom Concrete Slats Featured in Irish Farmers Journal

Cattle slats have to be made right We take the safety and strength of our cattle slats for granted. Here, we go behind the scenes to see how they are made.

120 Cattle Slurry Store Completed In Causeway, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Croom have recently constructed and installed a 120 Cow, 2,000,000 litre Slurry Store in Causway Co. Kerry.

Croom Construct 2.5 Million Litre Slurry Store (Wales, UK)

Croom Concrete recently constructed a 2.5 million litre slurry store for Welsh farmer, Huw Owen.

Ballon Meats

Croom Concrete were recently contracted to cover a new slurry store for “Ballon Meats” in Ballon Co. Carlow, Ireland .

Croom Solves Slurry Problem with a Double-Depth Concrete Tank

Long wet winters had been causing problems for Stephen James, the new Welsh NFU president, at his 500 acre dairy farm in Pembrokeshire. He needed extra storage capacity in his slurry tank, and was also keen to improve comfort for…

Want more information about any of our products?

Contact us by email,, call us on 061 397479 or fill in our contact form.