bedding types

April 27, 2016

protocol_beddingUW Milk Quality Lab Protocols: Dairy Bedding Material

P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Download this lab protocol to learn how to take samples of bedding material on your farm.

Association of bedding types with management practices and indicators of milk quality on larger Wisconsin dairy farms

R.F. Rowbotham, P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Identifies associations of bedding type and selected management practices with bulk milk quality and productivity of larger Wisconsin dairy farms.

Associations of selected bedding types with incidence rates of subclinical and clinical mastitis in primiparous Holstein dairy cows

R.F. Rowbotham, P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Determines the association of exposure to selected bedding types with incidence of subclinical and clinical mastitis in Holstein dairy cows housed in identical pens at a single facility.

Budget Tool: Bedding choice for new freestall construction

R.F. Rowbotham, P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The bedding choice partial net present value budget tool is designed to aid dairy farmers in making bedding decisions when constructing a new freestall barn. The primary output of the tool is a comparison of annual and per hundredweight margins calculated as gross milk income less partial bedding costs (MILPBC) for three types of bedding: Inorganic bedding (sand), organic bedding (wood products on top of mattresses), and manure (deep bedded) in freestalls.

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-11-31-41-amImpact of Bedding Choice on Udder Health of Freestall Herds

Dr. Pam Ruegg shares in this UW-Extension Dairy Science Webinar series research findings associated with the recently published Impact of Bedding Choice on Udder Health Freestall Herds.  The purpose of the study was to do a survey of 325 larger dairy farms in Wisconsin and look at associations of bedding type and selected management practices with bulk milk quality and productivity.