Animal pen flooring system

  • US 7,066,111 B2
  • Filed: 09/15/2004
  • Issued: 06/27/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A flooring system for an animal confinement pen comprising:

  • plural, spaced apart, upstanding, elongated, parallel support rails for supporting said flooring system in a standoff position from a subfloor;

    a first row of plastic foraminous flooring panels supported on spaced apart first and second ones of said support rails, said first row of panels including plural panels disposed side-by-side, each of said panels of said first row including on opposite sides thereof opposed sets of spaced apart support flanges engaged with respective ones of said first and second support rails;

    a second row of metal foraminous flooring panels supported by said second one of said support rails and a third one of said support rails, said panels of said second row being coplanar with said panels of said first row and said panels of said second row including spaced apart support flanges on opposite sides thereof, respectively, and engaged with said second and third support rails, respectively, said support flanges on one side of said panels of said second row being interfitted between cooperating ones of said support flanges of said panels of said first row, respectively;

    a third row of plastic foraminous flooring panels supported on said third one of said support rails and a fourth one of said support rails, said third row of panels including plural panels disposed side by side, each of said panels of said third row including on opposite sides thereof opposed sets of support flanges engaged with said third and fourth support rails, respectively, one set of support flanges of said panels of said third row being interfitted between one set of support flanges on an opposite side of said panels of said second row for interlocking said panels of said second row with said panels of said third row, said panels of said third row being coplanar with said panels of said second row; and

    said panels of said second row include reinforcing webs, and plural elongated slots formed in an animal support surface of said panels of said second row, respectively, between said webs.

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