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Are compost barns a viable housing option?

00:00AM Oct 02, 2008

Possibly, if you can find an economical bedding option. Marcia Endres, associate professor of Dairy Science at University of Minnesota, has been conducting research on the viability of compost dairy barns for producers and offers some insight into this option. Listen to her comments below.

There are benefits to the system in terms of cow comfort, reduction in lameness and improved milk production. However, the compost in the barns has to be managed correctly and consistently in order to achieve those benefits.

The biggest drawback is finding abundant and inexpensive bedding. For more information on compost dairy barns, read Psst! The secret is out from Dairy Today.