Paved yards and feeding floors are a valuable asset on livestock farms, particularly where lots are flat and poorly drained. At no time are paved yards more appreciated than during periods of prolonged rainfall or in the late winter and early spring when frost thaws out and yards are seemingly bottomless.
Livestock farmers who have enjoyed the use of paved yards and feeding floors will tell you that these improvements offer the following advantages:
Livestock not forced to waste energy in wading through knee-deep, mud make more rapid gains. Paved yards can be kept sanitary, which means healthier, more thrifty animals. Chores are made easier. More manure is saved for producing bigger crops. Feed is saved because it is not trampled into the mud. This is important for hogs following steers. For the dairyman, a paved strip keeps the barn and cows cleaner and it reduces labor necessary for washing the cows before milking. Where yards are sloping, pavement prevents soil erosion in rainy weather; prevents undermining of foundations from eaves-drip.
Beaty, Harold H. and Van Vlack, C. H.
"Paved floors and lots for Iowa farms,"
Bulletin P: Vol. 3
, Article 1.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/bulletinp/vol3/iss70/1