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Dried Manure Solids – Economic Benefits and Cow Comfort

Abbotsford, BC – February 5th 2018  The use of dried manure solids (DMS) as bedding provides economic benefits and without the need to manage bedding supply, it makes the logistics on the dairy farm easier as well. But what about cow comfort and animal health? A study conducted by the Cornell Waste Management Institute at Cornell University analyzes different bedding strategies and goes into details regarding herd health, bacteria and somatic cell count. Recovered bedding fiber from manure is a great alternative to sand or other bedding materials. 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 material needs to be dry enough in the first place before it’s put back in the barn. A recent analysis of fiber bedding material on one of our customer’s dairy farms confirmed dry matter results of more than 35%. And the bedding recovery system recovers enough fiber material to provide bedding for all their 7,000 cows.

Cornell Waste Management Institute: Dried Manure Solids

Hoard’s Dairyman article: Dried manure solids

Dried manure solids as bedding material

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