5 success factors of straw-lime-water bedding

5 success factors of straw-lime-water bedding

5 succes factors of straw-lime-water bedding. What experiences do you have with this? Please share your own succes factors with us!

1. Carefully build up the mattress in layers, don’t fill the stalls in one go
2. Fill up the stalls 1x week, so the fluctuation in level is relatively low
3. Keep the level of the bedding level or higher than the rear curb
4. Keep the top layer dry (1 cm) in the area where the udder lies
5. Keep the bedding soft enough

Do you want less mastitis and less lameness? Go for deep beds!

We included some photo's from Switserland.
Another succes factor on the second photo is the flexible neck rail!

PS: Sand is probably a bit more robust, as the top layer dries faster and more easily. The other -big- advantage of sand is that it provides grip on the concrete of walking alleys.

Comments (8)

jim boet

we use here straw water and lime bedding, and actually we see the same overhere that the lime (chalk) creates grip at the concrete floor. the biggest advantage is that we almost dont have any thick hock and no lameness. mastites is low although we sometimes put some extra lime in the back of box where the udder is laying it keeps it more dry and antibacterial.

mohamed

rice straw with lime is aperfect bedding

Joep Driessen

jim boet wrote:
we use here straw water and lime bedding, and actually we see the same overhere that the lime (chalk) creates grip at the concrete floor. the biggest advantage is that we almost dont have any thick hock and no lameness. mastites is low although we sometimes put some extra lime in the back of box where the udder is laying it keeps it more dry and antibacterial.

Thanks for sharing! Great to hear you have such good experiences!

Ellen Schmitt

Dear Jim,

Thanks for you comment on the strawbeds. Would you mind sharing your "recipe" and the way you manage the beds? That would be of great help for on of our farmers.

Thanks and have a nice day ! Ellen

jim boet

yes of course, this is no secret. we use 1-2-4
1 part straw (clean yellow straw), 2 parts of water, and 4 parts of chalk.
we make this once in 3- 4 weeks. if you just start to fill the box on the beton for first time use more water because it the chalk sticks better on the concreet. when you have your basic bedding you can use the recepi above. next week we will fill the cubicles again if needed i can send some pictures.

succes!! Jim.

Ellen

Hi Jim, this of great help : Pictures would be great ! How much straw per cubicle do you need?
With my clients we are building the cubicules and , so Yes, we will follow your advice to use a bit more water for the first filling.

Thanks for your help, Ellen

Dirk Vangarderen

Just a question on maintenance. When you bed weekly do you just use dry straw or shavings than? Or do you keep the stalls full with the straw lime water mix

Joep

Good question! Most farms make the same mix weekly to fill beds! Less straw losses when mixed with line and water.

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