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Cobiotex

A bacterial bedding additive which outcompetes pathogenic bacteria, producing a more hygienic and controlled bedding environment.

Benefits of Cobiotex®

  • Reduces the risk of environmental mastitis and digital dermatitis
  • Reduces somatic cell counts
  • Reduces the use of antibiotics
  • Suitable for all bedding types
  • Increased absorbency
  • Easy and quick to apply
  • Multi-strain bacteria so no risk of resistance

Competitive inhibition is a simple yet effective and safe way of reducing the amount of pathogenic bacteria on bedding cubicles. With it being a biologically active product, Cobiotex works best with neutral pH bedding, including EnviroBed, without any extra additives.

What is the difference in the mode of action from traditional methods?

COBIOTEX®: Competitive Inhibition
Non-pathogenic bacteria form biofilm layers over the surface. They then outcompete pathogenic bacteria for resources, limiting their growth and reducing the risk of disease.

TRADITIONAL: Active killing
Adding chemicals such as lime to bedding or using harsh treatments will kill the pathogens, but also causes irritation to the cows skin, which creates an unnecessary point of entry for pathogenic bacteria.

Cobiotex in Action

Cobiotex® is a multi-strain bacterial bedding additive which forms protective biofilms over the bedding and cubicle surfaces. 

These biofilms out compete the growth of pathogenic bacteria, including those linked to environmental mastitis (E. Coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus) and digital dermatitis (Treponema, Dicholeobacter) reducing the risk of these diseases spreading.

The biologically controlled bedding environment created by using Cobiotex®, means there is no need for irritating bedding additives (such as lime) and invasive environmental mastitis/digital dermatitis treatments or antibiotic use is reduced. 

The bacteria in the bedding additive are commonly found on farm environments, meaning their introduction to animal housing causes no adverse health risks to humans, animals or downstream processes.

To maintain this population dominance, the bacterial additives in Cobiotex® must be regularly topped up. Cobiotex® works with all bedding options, but is most active with neutral pH bedding, such as the EnviroBed® range.  The absorbent carrier in Cobiotex® ensures a drier and cleaner bedding. 

Application:

Cobiotex is for use on clean and damp bedding (mats/mattresses, loose-housed and deep beds).

What Farmers say:

“Since changing from lime to Cobiotex® in January 2021 we’ve seen good results in control of E. coli, a reduction in digital dermatitis and it’s much easier to apply. The cows are a lot cleaner and dryer, we’ve also had reduced mastitis cases- we are now running at 8/100 and 120scc compared to 22/100 and 180scc previously.”

James Weaver, dairy farmer in Shropshire. [See James speaking here]

Suitable for:

Calf housing
Calving pens
Loose housing
Dry cow housing
Lambing pens
Ewe housing, pre- and post-lambing
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A Proven Concept In Dairy Cow Housing Hygiene

We want cows to spend more time lying down than anything else. So one place to look for valuable gains is by making the place they lie as comfy and hygienic as possible.

This reduction in pathogens reduces the strain on the livestock’s immune system, freeing up vital immune energy to fight any remaining pathogens. The multi-species microbe formulation includes a proven concept in Dairy Housing in Europe.

Already in use on over 180,000 cows in France, Cobiotex allows the bacterial balance in livestock housing to be effectively managed. It does so by creating a positive microbiological environment on livestock bedding surfaces; this helps stimulate the animal’s immune system.

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