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Sand Bedding for Dairy Cows: Benefits, Cubicles, and Manure Handling
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 10th International Livestock Environment Symposium (ILES X) .(doi:10.13031/iles.18-003)
Authors: Andrew W Wedel
Keywords: Bedding, cow comfort, cubicles, freestalls, sand bedding, sand-laden manure, sand-manure separation.
Manure handling is a perceived detractor of sand bedding. Some producers are willing to forgo the positive attributes of sand in favor of perceived simplicity of manure handling. Having evolved over the past thirty years as sand has gained prominence, a host of systems exist for effectively handling, storing, and treating sand-laden manure with some systems capable of recycling sand bedding from manure.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the current practice of using sand bedding in cubicle housing. The specific, quantifiable benefits of sand will be discussed along with stall design and management. The paper also discusses the methods for converting non-sand bedded cubicles to sand. In addition, proven systems for handling sand-laden manure are discussed.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)