RECIPE DEEP LIME-STRAW-WATER MIX IN BEDS
There are several possibilities to mix lime- straw- water, you will have to experiment in your own barn. We advise you to start with this mix:
4 part (kg) lime: 1 part (kg) straw : 1 part (kg) water
A mix of 5:1:1 will probably be too hard and 2:1:1 will be too loose. The latter will not stay in the beds and thus it will need more labour for filling up and it will be more expensive.
7 STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL LIME-STRAW-WATER BEDDING
- Carefully build up the beds in layers, don’t fill the stalls in one go
- Fill up the stalls 1x week, so the variation in level is relatively low
- Keep the level of the bedding level or higher than the rear curb
- Keep the top layer dry by adding straw or sawdust if needed
- Especially in summer the bedding can dry in quickly. You can keep it humid by adding a little water on the top layer with a watering can.
- Use a suited teat dip to prevent dryness of the teat skin
- The chemical formula of lime is CaCO3. We advise the pure form. Mixtures with MgO gave us bad experiences in the past. Never use quick lime (CaO), this will become hot and burn the skin.
LIME-STRAW-WATER IN TOP 3 OF BEDDING MATERIALS
For bedding materials, this is our top 3:
- Lime-straw-water mix
- Green bedding: manure solids, at least 35% dry matter and excellent ventilation of top layer
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