How come no one thought of this? PVC floors for livestock!

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when you see what Zivoslav Pavlovic from Brzan did, and it concerns pig breeding, the more questionable question will be how come no one remembered this before, because the thing is so logical.

Zivoslav Pavlovic did what no one before him did. Ever since they invented the lattice floor and made it out of concrete, since the Danes started making it out of plastic after the Second World War, no one has improved the floor in pig farming in the past half century.

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What Pavlović made is an original thing, and it is a floor for fatteners and even for cattle made of PVC profiles. From the same PVC from which artificial leather, boots, or hardware are made, but with some small ones, changes and with incredible ingenuity.

Pavlović is a village child, whose father kept pigs, and he personally deals, and very successfully, with the production of water and sewage pipes. Since he had been thinking all his life about water and how to solve the sewage system, when it came time to replace the old concrete gratings on the farm, the idea came to him. He made a floor consisting of a series of PVC beams between which is a space.

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– I came up with the idea myself. I don’t know that anyone before me remembered that – says Zivoslav Pavlovic. – I inherited the farm from my late father and there were concrete gratings that had to be changed every 4 to 5 years.

Zivoslav Pavlovic, Brzan

– I came up with the idea to try to make a floor from PVC beams and it turned out to be good. I put it in the production offer of the company and people came and started buying – he explains.

He did it ingeniously. The floor actually consists of PVC beams, but these beams are not rectangular but in the shape of an inverted trapezoid. If they were rectangular in shape, as the faeces drain and partially dry out, they will stick and stick out over time. Since the walls of the profile are under the slope, the faeces are constantly draining and cannot be glued. The distance between the bars is 20 millimeters above, and 40 millimeters below, and that shape of the inverted trapezoid is an ingenious thing. The pigs dung, urinate and then push it all down with the movements of their hooves.

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PVC itself as a material is very resistant and elastic. That is why these beams are very strong, but also elastic. What is at the same time an advantage, and could be a disadvantage, is that the PVC floor is very light. Here we come to steel reinforcement that is drilled into the profiles. Contrary to what you would first think, steel absolutely does not serve to give any strength to this floor or elasticity because PVC has all these properties. It only acts as a bumper, it only serves to keep the distances between the beams, so that they do not get too close to each other.

More about this ingenious solution and how to get it, see the video below…

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