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Bedding hygiene, cleanliness and lying behaviour for heifers housed on wood chip or straw deep bedding

Johanssen, Juni Rosann E.; Sørheim, Kristin; Strøm, Turid and Brunberg, Emma (2019) Bedding hygiene, cleanliness and lying behaviour for heifers housed on wood chip or straw deep bedding. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A — Animal Science, 68 (2), pp. 1-10.

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Document available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09064702.2019.1601763


The aim of this project was to compare the hygienic quality of the bedding, as well as the parasitic load, cleanliness and lying behaviour in heifers kept on either straw or wood chip deep bedding. Fourteen heifers kept in two pens were housed on straw or wood chip bedding for 43 days, after which the bedding material was switched for 43 additional days. Significantly more mould was found in wood chip than in straw and there was a tendency towards less yeast in wood chip. The heifers had a low faecal parasitic load. The results indicate that the wood chip treatment resulted in somewhat cleaner animals. The heifers had a significantly longer total lying time when kept on straw. In conclusion, wood chip deep bedding could be an option as bedding material, but the impact on hygiene of bedding material and lying behaviour needs to be further investigated.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Animal welfare, cattle, deep bedding, wood chip, straw, lying behaviour, animal behaviour, microorganisms, flisTG
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Research affiliation: Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
ISSN:0906-4702 (Print) 1651-1972 (Online)
Deposited By: Johanssen, Researcher Juni Rosann Engelien
ID Code:35421
Deposited On:01 Jul 2019 12:25
Last Modified:01 Jul 2019 12:25
Document Language:Norwegian/Norsk
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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