N&H TOP LINE: Compost bedding good for cow claw health

N&H TOP LINE: Compost bedding good for cow claw health

Austrian study shows that use of wood shavings and sawdust in dairy barns instead of straw bedding especially good for claw health.

Dairy cows kept in barns often develop claw damage because of humid und unsuitable roaming areas, and these disorders can affect the animals’ fertility or their milk production.

A study conducted by researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna in Austria found that the use of wood shavings and sawdust in dairy barns instead of straw bedding was especially good for claw health. A comparison with other barn types demonstrated that cows kept in compost-bedded barns exhibited less frequency and s

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