Cow comfort is not only morally sound and good for welfare, it is also profitable. Housing specialist Ivor Davey from Cow Plan Ltd says:
For each extra hour a cow spends lying down, she will produce 1.6 litres of milk
No extra feed is needed
Extra milk comes from energy saved by lying down rather than standing
So the right size and design of cubicles, with sound bases and decent bedding, that result in cows lying down for 12 hours instead of 10 can be expected to give 3.2 litres/day more milk.
Peter Cox at Mearfield Farm in Cornwall says:
“We’ve been using EnviroBed for several years and never looked back after switching from sawdust. EnviroBed stays on cubicles better than sawdust on its own. It is very absorbent and has enabled us to control previous cases of mastitis. Cows stay clean including teats, and find it very comfortable.”
…for dairy and beef cattle, adults and youngstock alike. Variants suitable for cubicles or loose housing are available. They are made from the waste short fibres from paper recycling, heat treated to create a super-dry bedding material.
A blend of dried waste paper crumb and high grade, screened sawdust made from virgin wood. Stays where put on cubicle beds and compatible with all slurry systems. Very soft and fluffy, easy to dispense,…