Thick fraction of slurry as cubicle bedding
The use of the thick fraction of slurry as cubicle bedding is receiving a lot of attention, and rightly so in our view. The main fear is that of potential problems with elevated cell counts and mastitis. In 2008, researchers from New York’s Cornell University monitored six farms using thick fraction over the course of a year, compared them with sixty other farms, and conducted a literature search. They concluded that:
1. The use of thick fraction appears promising and does not seem to pose any problems in terms of udder health. However, vigilance is called for.
2. Composting of thick fraction appears unnecessary. Read more...
A large-scale practical study is also underway in the Netherlands, led by Valacon Dairy. We are curious to learn its results.