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.
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.
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…
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.
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!