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Record number 477423
Title Bedded pack barns for dairy cattle in the Netherlands
Author(s) Galama, P.J.; Boer, H.C. de; Dooren, H.J.C. van; Ouweltjes, W.; Poelarends, J.J.; Driehuis, F.
Source Wageningen : Wageningen UR - 15
Department(s) Livestock & Environment
Animal Nutrition
Animal Health & Welfare
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) dierenwelzijn - melkveehouderij - huisvesting van koeien - melkvee - dierlijke productie - ligstro - loopstallen - compost - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - animal welfare - dairy farming - cow housing - dairy cattle - animal production - litter - loose housing - composts - sustainability
Categories Animal Housing, Management and Care / Cattle
Abstract The bedded pack barn offers good perspective on animal welfare, animal health and public perception, but has disadvantages in terms of mineral management (nitrogen losses and fertilising value) and the presence of TAS (Thermophilic Aerobic Spore formers). Bedded packs with compost have a too high ammonia emission in the barn and lead to too high concentrations of TAS in sterile dairy products and therefore have no perspective. A controlled composting process with wood chips may have more future perspective. However, the availability and/or the price of wood chips can be a bottleneck if demand is increasing. The search for alternative TAS-poor bedding materials deserves continuation.
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