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1263: Suitability of alternative bedding materials for animals

In this article, Mair Morgan from the ADAS Sustainable Livestock Group looks at some of the alternative bedding materials available.

Year of Publication2011

Cereal straw is typically the bedding material of choice, however, its availability and cost is now becoming a concern. Alternatives include woodchip, paper, pea haulm, rape straw, canary reed grass, miscanthus, bracken or rushes, but their cost and effectiveness varies. Some may be best used in combination with cereal straw.

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