Sand was noted as the least likely to harbor bad bacteria.
Was that dry or .....
I have sand in the chicken coop & house & yard. It gets pretty "full" and I try to keep up with keeping it clean & dry. I have kiddy plastic garden tools (rake, snow shovel, & scoop) hanging on the side of my chicken house. They look decrative & are functional.
Sand is also in 2 of the paddocks by the barn. The other is clay & rocks.
I use a LOT of sawdust & shavings in the barn but my cow has a bed the size of a twin bed mattress of dry hay that she won't eat. She lays on this, keeps it fairly clean & I "make the bed" for her everyday.
I've seen many types of bedding used with cows. At the county fairs I've seen them on mulch, sand, shavings, and straw.
The mulch was filthy and stinking by the third day or the fair. It was in the finished beef steer barn. Of course, I don't think the fact that they were on a mostly grain diet with stinking liquid manure helped much. I don't think mulch could be used with dairy animals because it could get scratches and splinters on the teats.
Sand and shavings were pretty clean but stuck to the cow's hair. I was interested in the sand since it looked like it was staying pretty dry and was absorbing all liquid contributions by the cows. The two main problems I could see was 1) it would be a huge pain to clean out of the barn when you needed to strip it and 2) it holds in moisture and in Ohio where we have damp, cold winters already it would be a bad thing.
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Conditions here are much the samae as yours, Claire, when it comes to using sand. I do see it advocated over and over again in Hoard's dairyman. For many people's barns it seems easiest to keep clean. They recommend just cleaning the top layer and not disturbing lower layers so as not to disturb the bacteria underneath. I do have a layer of sand in my run-in but nobody dreams of lying on it in cold weather. They sleep where there is hay on the ground. I swear they pull it out of the feeder and throw it around just to lie on.
I swear they pull it out of the feeder and throw it around just to lie on.
Just recently, we allowed the buyer of this place to go ahead and move a small group of his cattle over here -- 2 Red Angus steers, and 6 Red Angus heifers, all 18 months old. I'll be AI'ing the heifers for him shortly. I have watched those silly things of his, and those crazy things pull the hay out of the ring and make themselves a bed!
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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