VGrip Installation Project at CVLX Saleyards
Based in Ballarat, CVLX is a leading livestock exchange facility that manages the movement of 1.6 million sheep and 60,000 head of cattle per annum. Having been in operation for close to five years, the team faced a persistent challenge with the safety and efficiency of their unloading ramps. The ramps, particularly for sheep, were highly susceptible to becoming slippery, resulting in injuries and inefficiencies in their operations.
The Problem: Slippery Ramps Leading to Injuries and Inefficiencies
Lucas Fudge, the assistant manager at CVLX, described the issue, “One of the issues we faced here at CVLX was how our unloading ramps for the sheep, in particular, get very slippery. This posed a significant risk to the safety of the livestock and impacted our efficiency negatively.”
The Solution: Installation of VGrip Rubber Matting
CVLX decided to invest in VGrip, a reliable and durable agricultural rubber matting product by NumatAGRI, to address the slippery ramp issue. VGrip was installed at the base of the unloading ramps, offering superior grip to the livestock and ensuring their safety during unloading.
Results: Enhanced Safety, Decreased Injuries, and Improved Operations
Post the installation of VGrip, the team at CVLX has observed a significant decrease in livestock injuries. “Ever since we’ve put in the VGrip, we’ve seen a huge decrease in injuries to sheep coming off the ramps. I’d say we’ve probably had a decrease down to 30% of the injuries we were getting.”
The VGrip matting has also proven easy to clean and maintain, contributing to the ease of operations. As Fudge notes, “It’s very easy to clean, very easy to maintain, and I am loving it for what it is.”
Client Feedback: Overwhelmingly Positive
The product has been positively received not just by the team at CVLX but also by everyone using the sheep ramps. Fudge stated, “Since the installation of VGrip, we’ve had nothing but compliments. Everybody that uses the sheep ramps and receives sheep at the bottom has spoken very highly of the product.”
Conclusion: A Value-for-Money Investment for Livestock Facilities
Given the success of the VGrip installation at CVLX, the product comes across as a highly recommended, cost-effective solution for similar facilities dealing with livestock. As Fudge puts it, “It’s a great product, it’s very, very reasonably priced. I think it’s going to last us a long time and going forward, I’ll recommend it to anyone.”
VGrip is a hard wearing rubber mat with V-shaped cleats. Perfect for slopes and high pressure areas.
Roll width: 2000mm | Roll length: 30m | Thickness: 18mm (10mm base with 8mm cleat)
Roll width: 2400mm | Roll length: 30m | Thickness: 18mm (10mm base with 8mm cleat)