Recycled manure solids as a bedding material: Udder health, cleanliness and integument alterations of dairy cows in mattress stalls

Agricultural and Food Science

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Title Recycled manure solids as a bedding material: Udder health, cleanliness and integument alterations of dairy cows in mattress stalls
 
Creator Frondelius, Lilli
Lindeberg, Heli
Pastell, Matti
 
Subject animal welfare, dairy cattle, recycled manure, housing, management
 
Description Interest in using recycled manure solids (RMS) as a bedding material for dairy cattle is increasing, but suitable information for Nordic housing conditions is scarce. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of RMS bedding on dairy cow welfare compared to peat bedding commonly used in Finland. We conducted a 2 × 3-month cross-over study with two groups of 24 lactating dairy cows, where first three months one group was housed with RMS-bedding and the other group with peat-bedding and then vice versa for the next three months. We followed integument alterations, cleanliness of the animals and udder health fortnightly. With RMS bedding cows had less severe integument alterations in tarsal joints (p=0.0031) and their udders were cleaner (p=0.0109) compared to peat. Somatic cell count did not differ between bedding materials, but link between RMS bedding and the small number of cases of clinical mastitis cannot be ruled out. Based on this study, RMS could provide an economical and renewable bedding source for Nordic dairy farms, with no major effects on animal welfare.
 
Publisher The Scientific Agricultural Society of Finland
 
Date 2020-12-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journal.fi/afs/article/view/95603
10.23986/afsci.95603
 
Source Agricultural and Food Science; Vol 29 No 5 (2020); 420–431
Agricultural and Food Science; Vol 29 Nro 5 (2020); 420–431
1795-1895
1459-6067
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journal.fi/afs/article/view/95603/58914
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Agricultural and Food Science
 

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