Abbotsford, BC – February 5th 2018. The use of dried manure solids (DMS) as bedding provides many economic benefits. And without the need to manage bedding supply, it makes the logistics on a dairy farm much easier as well. Plus, it avoids the addition of nutrients from off-farm sources. But what about cow comfort and animal health? The Cornell Waste Management Institute at Cornell University has analyzed different bedding strategies to find an answer. The Cornell study also goes into details on herd health, bacteria and somatic cell count. The conclusion is that dried manure solids is a great alternative to sand or other bedding materials, and certainly a viable bedding option for many dairy operations.
But is there a difference between dried manure solids and manufactured bedding as promoted by Trident? Yes, there is. With Trident’s bedding recovery technology the key is to produce bedding material that only contains the large fiber, which in turn provides excellent drainage characteristics and uniform support for resting cows. And of course, the bedding needs to be dry enough in the first place before it is put back in the barn. A recent analysis of fiber bedding material on a customer’s dairy farm confirmed dry matter results of more than 35% coming off our system. The bedding is available for immediate use. And the system recovers enough fiber material to provide bedding for all their 7,000 cows.