We've learnt a good tip this week!
Organising, sourcing, and laying bedding for your cattle can be very time-consuming. It can use up plenty of resources too. Take an average shed for example; let's say 60ft x 40ft. If it holds 48 heifers, (500kg/600kg min), the ladies might need 7 or 8 bales a week to keep them comfortably bedded!
You might need to re-bed the heifers once every 2 or 3 days, meaning that there's a lot of time put into the process.
We've heard an interesting life hack. Use peat moss as a bedding material.
Lay it down about a foot deep. It can last up to four weeks before needing to be changed in some cases. It doesn't need to be retouched or added to either.
It might take about two hours to clean out and re-bed another foot of peat moss, but once every few weeks means that you're cutting down on time.
The only downfall is that there will be a reduced amount of FYM compared to straw, so bear that in mind.
However from what we've heard, it can work out cheaper, as well as needing less labour time. Cattle seem to love it too, lying down often and looking comfortable and content.
What do you think? Would you try it?
Big thanks to our Facebook fans for sending in their tips. If you've got any life hacks for the farm, let us know!