In our experimental farm’s cubicles, the use of Optilit based bedding has been easy and pretty, because the environment is less dusty. It is also better for regulating temperature and pH. This bedding results in better health for the cows’ udders and feet.
Extract from the conclusions of the ULg study
The university team is following closely its cows and focuses on their health and milk production. The deep cubicles do not remain perfectly flat and holes occasionally appear at the rear with some milk residues. This type of environment leads to bacteria development.
Carmeuse offered to test the Optilit® blend in the farm’s cubicles and the university team did a detailed study on this for several months. The product was mixed with straw and water on the farm: this blend was applied in the deep-cleaned cubicles in a 10-15 cm layer. After this, a simple refill was required just once a week in some places.
Several parameters were assessed (e.g. temperature, pH, holes, etc.). This study resulted in a positive conclusion about the benefits of Optilit®.
Less dusty than usual solution ; comfort for the cows (impact on milk production) ; cleaner environment (impact on mastitis and lameness)