A biological bedding treatment that inoculates cubicles or loose housing with healthy bacteria to crowd out pathogens was launched at DairyTech Online, 3-17 February. Pre-launch users of Cobiotex from EnviroSystems are reporting drier beds and 20% average lower straw use, reducing somatic cell counts and fewer lameness cases.
Developed in France where it is now used for 180,000 cows, the seven-strain bacterial formulation is carried in a hyper-absorbent powder. In cubicles, it is applied once-a-week to dehydrate the area underneath the udder and compete with pathogens for nutrients and living space. The formulation includes the only registered microbiological biocide in Europe.