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Table 3 Indicators in the AWI of the "Flooring" category.

From: An on-farm investigation of beef suckler herds using an animal welfare index (AWI)

Score a). Type of floor b). Cleanliness of floor c). Type of flooring d). Yard cleanliness e). Grassland
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2.5 Straw >60 mm   Straw >60 mm   
2 Straw 30-60 mm   Straw 30-60 mm   
1.5 Woodchip/peat   Woodchip/peat   
1 Mats Clean Mats Clean Good conditions
0.5 Softer slats Medium Softer slats Medium  
0 Concrete slats Soiled Concrete slats Soiled Average conditions
-0.5 Concrete Very soiled Concrete Very soiled Poor conditions
  1. The definitions used for rating, and their maximum individual score for the flooring category. a). and c). Softer slats refers to slats that were softer than concrete (for example wooden slats). b). and d). Clean: no slurry/mud could be found in the pen (100 to 80% for the straw or woodchip/slurry ratio); medium: not more than 3 spots of slurry/mud could be found in the pen for slatted floors (79 to 60% for the straw or woodchip/slurry ratio) soiled; more than 3 spots of slurry could be found in the pen (59 to 40% for the straw or woodchip/slurry ratio); very soiled: the pen was covered with slurry/mud (less than 40% for the straw or woodchip/slurry ratio). e) Score was assigned after checking the paddock size and frequency of new paddock with regard to the size of the herd, boundaries, conditions of alleys and gaps, number of topping per year and frequency of grass reseed and presence of shelters. The total "Flooring" category score (column 1) equals to the sum of columns a). b). c). d). and e).