Have you considered alternatives to straw for bedding?

As the price of straw continues to rise you might be one of many farmers who have had to consider alternatives to straw for bedding.

The price increase has impacted on parts of England and Wales but has been felt particularly hard in Scotland, where the quantity and quality of straw gathered over the summer months was well below average.  The problem was further exacerbated as many Scottish farmers used up their straw stocks during the winter freeze of 09/10.

Quality Meat Scotland has produced an advice booklet to help farmers optimise bedding and consider the wide range of alternative products.

According to Scottish Agricultural College beed specialist, Ian Pritchard, who researched the content for the booklet, it is well worth farmers putting some thought into how they use bedding most efficiently.

“Some of the tips in the booklet may seem like common sense, but too often simple steps which can produce big benefits are overlooked,” says Ian Pritchard, whose booklet flags up a number of alternative bedding products.

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