[vc_row type=”container” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” css=”.vc_custom_1449060063467{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]The type of feed pad dictates the method of cleaning.  Scraping is suitable for compacted earth/gravel surfaces, whereas a concrete pad can be cleaned by scraping and/or hosing or a flood wash system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”container”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Comparison of surfaces for loafing and stand-off areas

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Source: Moran & McDonald, 2010

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