Advantages of bedding material for dairy animals

Published on: 02/27/2019
Author/s : Amit Kumar Singh / M.Sc. LPM Scholar, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal, 132001.

IntroductionIn India, current milk production is 163.7 million tones (DADF Annual Report, 2016-2017) Health and welfare of dairy animals is vital to ensure their longevity and long term productivity, to intensify the production, animal production systems are becoming highly mechanized.In recent years, efforts have been undertaken to improve welfare and overall-health of dairy cows by providing a h...

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February 27, 2019

Thought provoking article in pursuit of cow comfort for long term benefits in sustainable animal production.

Abdul Qader Samsor Abdul Qader Samsor
DVM, diploma in animal production
February 28, 2019

Well thought article, helpful for dairy farmers, but some of the bedding material like limestone or sand could not be beneficial for cultivated land, because of changing soil condition, thanks.

Dr. N.r.sarker Dr. N.r.sarker
Animal Nutritionist
March 1, 2019

Very good information and helpful to dairy farmers.

Shifali Sharma Shifali Sharma
April 5, 2019
In addition, it is cost and labor efficient. The organic bedding materials are readily available and absorb moisture. They are compatible with manure handling systems. Sawdust and Wood shavings are probably the most commonly used bedding products for dairy cows.
Ph.D. Livestock Production Management (Scholar)
April 5, 2019
Rajwant Singh ji major problem remains with them is that they are much favorable for unwanted pathogen development
dr. jamil .m. dr. jamil .m.
Veterinary Doctor
May 4, 2019

it is a good article, simple and understood, but I think sand bedding replacement (every 12-14 days as in the article ) needs to be revisited.
Furthermore, sand is applicable in big farms.
Is there any information about the resources needed for recycling (how much water, electricity, machinery operating cost...).

Thank you.

Dr.M Feroz Hanif Dr.M Feroz Hanif
Doctor of veterinary medicine
May 11, 2019
Very informative but sand and cement are easily available doc
Dr. Goudarzi Dr. Goudarzi
Doctoral degree
November 17, 2022
very good
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