Choosing the best bedding for your system…

It’s well recognised that comfortable, contented cows spend longer each day lying down- and therefore give increased milk yields and improve milk quality. When choosing bedding for your dairy cattle- there are several key factors to take into consideration.

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Oct
09
2020
Oct
09
2020

Cubicle Type

Different cubicle flooring requires different bedding. Since mats or mattresses are designed to provide a comfortable bed- minimal bedding is required for absorbing muck and milk- and to maintain a dry cubicle. Products such as a superfine, talc- like sawdust are ideal for mats, since a little goes a long way.

Concrete or earth beds will require a deeper, more cushioned bedding material – to encourage cubicle occupancy. For a deep bed, a blend of sawdust for absorbency and shavings to provide cushioning make an excellent choice.

Dryness

If preventing bacterial growth – thus managing somatic cell counts- is top of your agenda, starting with a dry bed is essential. Look for a bedding that contains zero moisture- and change regularly to maintain a clean environment where the udder touches the cubicle.

 

Comfort

Minimise hock damage- and avoid nasty abrasions with soft bedding which won’t irritate over many hours. If in doubt, try the knee or elbow test- by testing the product on the cubicle and kneeling- or rubbing a little on your elbow. Feel abrasive? It’s not the one…

 

Disposal

Different muck-disposal systems will require a different consistency of bedding for spreading. Needing to keep your waste as solids? Try a coarser product, designed to be used as a deep bedding, like our MixBed.

However, if you’re looking to maintain a slurry consistency for pumping or spreading further – look for a finer product that’ll suspend well – to prevent any blockages in slurry channels or settling in the lagoon.

 

Supply

Find a product which is readily available throughout the housing season. Ask your supplier about their reliability, so you don’t find yourself caught short mid-winter.

 

How to choose.

Our experienced team can help you consider your housing type – and will be able to recommend the most economic and effective product for your system. Why not get in touch on livechat, via email or social media – or a good old phone call, and we’ll make some suggestions!

 

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