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    Increased buyer expectations and Animal Welfare requirements has seen many Saleyards upgrading their flooring with SureFoot® Rubber Matting to remain competitive in an increasingly demanding market.


    Aerial View - Dubbo Saleyards Upgrade

    Aerial View – Dubbo Saleyards Upgrade

    Soft flooring is now a major concern for saleyards wishing to retain and attract large food chain buyers and premium sellers.  Saleyard Managers are actively seeking out the SureFoot® Mat as a cost effective, durable and proven product solution that will move them forward into the future.  The patented SureFoot® Mat is listed as the ‘flooring of choice’ in the  ALMA – Code of practice and the rubber matting meets all of the necessary elements required to comply with the soft-flooring standards outlined therein.

    During the trials it became very obvious to me that the RPS Cattle mats were a far superior product than the other mats being tested. The animal’s behaviour has changed & on approach to the slip areas they walk through with confidence & ease.” Tim McIntyre – Inverell Livestock Exchange

    Recommended by the RSPCA and approved by the MLA the SureFoot® Mat is ideal for use in high traffic areas such as turning points, stock yards and cattle scales and is proven to solve issues relating to cattle health and welfare. The unique ‘Sure Foot’ design of the rubber matting reduces slipping, hoof splitting and beast agitation and allows for calm movement of animals throughout the facility. This ensures a safer working environment for both animals and staff. Additionally…

    • The ‘cushioning’ characteristics of the SureFoot® Mat provide muscle and joint relief to beasts that are required to stand for long periods of time and as a result reduces the incidence of dark-cutting within the meat;
    • The unique SureFoot® pattern design delivers maximum turning ‘grip’ and dramatically decreases the risk of hoof damage, slipping and falling which may result in injury to animals and handlers and;
    • The rubber mats are easy to clean and do not harbour a build up of bacteria which means that the risk of infection through open wounds is greatly reduced.

    The SureFoot® Mat represents excellent value for money and is winning favour throughout the industry -not just for its Animal Welfare properties but for its ability to reduce the maintenance and disposal costs associated with other forms of loose soft-flooring. Major industry players, including the recently upgraded Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets, are now reaping the benefits associated with the installation of the SureFoot®Mat.

    Benefits include:

    • Improved meat quality and MSA grading;
    • Increased carcass prices;
    • Reduced risk of injury;
    • Smoother operations and;
    • Increased animal welfare.


    rspca-col-logo “The RSPCA has seen RPS SureFoot® Mats in use in major traffic areas at an abattoir and in sale pens at a saleyard. The RSPCA believes that the SureFoot® Mats have the potential to improve the welfare of cattle in a range of situations “ RSPCA

    mla_logo  “The SureFoot® Mat should be promoted … as a way of improving animal welfare and by reducing meat colour and pH to increase carcass sale price. “ MLA – Food Safety Operations P/L Report (2002)

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