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Beating the Bedding Disease Challenge

Beating the Bedding Disease Challenge

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017
Category: Dairy News

The UK climate means that our animals will almost inevitably be housed at some stage during the farming year, increasing the challenge from diseases. Whether these are dairy cows in cubicles, ewes in lambing pens, calves in individual or group hutches or any one of the number of other systems adopted on-farm, animals in a more intensive environment can increase the infection pressure leading to the risk of disease and lost productivity. Linked ever more closely to this issue is the fact that we need to continue putting downward pressure on the use of antimicrobials to treat infections, helping to combat the huge issue of antimicrobial resistance that we are facing globally.

In recent issues of the magazine, we highlighted farm bio-security, focusing on disinfectant procedures at the farm gate and in calf housing disinfection. This month, we focus on dynamic disinfection within the animal’s environment, looking specifically at bedding hygiene.

There are many different options for bedding material available including straw, paper and shavings. Cubicles in particular present even more options including sand and green bedding however irrespective of the bedding product, pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi must be considered endemic and therefore within the scope for control measures.

Bedding “conditioners” have become increasingly popular in the last twenty years and the range of products can be overwhelming with products ranging from relatively inexpensive lime-based products through to more costly sanitizers. However, cost is not necessarily the best criteria for selection with some less-expensive licensed options with great efficacy, now available.

Choosing a bedding conditioner

When selecting a bedding conditioner, it is important to understand what is needed and there are some key identified features to look out for which can provide assurance of efficacy.

  • Fast acting
  • Broad spectrum pathogen kill
  • DEFRA approved disinfectant
  • Ultra-high absorbency
  • Non-Caustic to skin or surfaces
  • Persistent activity

It is crucial to understand that irrespective of the quality of the chosen product, excellent hygiene standards in the environment are paramount to optimize the chances of the product working successfully.


Ultra- Dri is a highly absorbent, dry formulation disinfectant powder which is suitable for any farm livestock situation including dairy, beef, sheep, pigs and poultry. Typical situations where Ultra – Dri has demonstrated great results include:

  • Poultry sheds to minimise disease challenge
  • Cubicle sanitization to help reduce high Somatic Cell counts
  • Calf housing to combat common bacterial and viral diseases
  • Lambing pens to reduce disease build-up

The disinfectant contained in Ultra – Dri is DEFRA approved and effectively kills most pathogens within 5 minutes, helping to provide day to day control of diseases. Ultra – Dri is dual-skin packaged in handy 25kg bags and is applied onto the floor of animal housing at the recommended rate (dosing range 50-100gms/m2), for the specific situation.

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Pearce Seeds LLP
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