Bedding Options for Dairy Cattle


Division of Livestock Production and Management F.V.Sc. and AH, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Jammu and Kashmir, India.


Bedding is important for maintaining the comfort of the animal. It must offer uniform support to the animal. The bedding materials can be categorized as organic and inorganic bedding materials. The organic bedding materials include sawdust, wood shavings and paper based bedding materials. The inorganic bedding materials include sand, gypsum, straw and limestone. The recent innovations in bedding materials includes geotextile mattresses, cow waterbeds and cow stall mats. The bedding materials be non- abrasive and should be economical to the farmer. It should be cost and labour efficient.