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EnviroBed®

EnviroSystems first introduced EnviroBed® to the dairy farming market in 2001 as the first tried and trusted kiln-dried paper bedding of its kind available to British dairy farmers. With over 20 years of continuous relationships with UK paper mills we can guarantee the best paper-based raw materials for the highest quality paper bedding.

EnviroBed® won a Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in 2006 for establishing the process of successfully converting waste paper into a useful and hygienic bedding material for dairy cows.

EnviroBed® is made from 100% recycled paper crumble and dried to 95% dry matter using renewable heat, providing a sustainable livestock bedding for use on farms.

Ideal for use as  a dairy cow bedding, EnviroBed® provides a highly absorbent, comfy bedding option.

Envirobed® incorporates natural lime derived from paper, maintaining a pH level of 7.4. This pH balance serves to hinder the growth of pathogenic bacteria, effectively minimising the occurrence of mastitis

EnviroBed® is verified by the Organic Farmers and Growers for use on organic farms and each load is quality tested for quality assurance.

Availability:

EnviroBed® livestock bedding is produced by EnviroSystems and delivered direct to farm on:

  • Artic tippers
  • Artic walking floors
  • 8 wheelers.
  • Tall tote bags
  • Small bags on pallets

Benefits of using EnviroBed and moving away from lime on your cubicles

Many of the antimicrobial bedding products available to farmers involve killing the pathogenic bacteria it comes into contact with by producing conditions under which the bacteria can not survive. This usually involves highly alkaline conditions (pH 10+) caused by the addition of lime, caustic soda (hydroxides) or bleach products (hypochlorite or peroxides). However, these conditions are equally as unpleasant to skin, and with cows lying on the bedding material for prolonged periods of time, these corrosive chemicals can lead to irritation and damage to the teat end. Once the skin is damaged, mastitis causing bacteria (E.Coli, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus) which are naturally present in the farm environment can readily enter the body, leading to infection and inflammation of the teat end, resulting in mastitis.

EnviroBed has a proven history of reducing mastitis, without having any active antimicrobial properties in itself. The bedding contains dried paper which does not have any antibacterial activity, nor is the pH so extreme that bacteria cannot survive. Instead, the anti-mastitic properties of EnviroBed come from the reduced irritation and skin damage to teat ends.

The neutral pH does not damage, corrode or cause abrasion to the skin barrier, meaning the natural population of bacteria will still be present on the outside of the teat, but cannot permeate the skin barrier and cause inflammation inside the teat body. These bacteria will then be removed every time the teat end is cleaned pre/post milking, because they are only sitting on the surface of the skin and can be easily washed away.

The longer a cow spends lying down in comfort, the less energy is wasted on movement and the more of those nutrients can be used to produce milk. A comfortable bed with no irritation or corrosion of the skin should increase the length of time a cow is happy to remain laid down.

It honours an old fashioned rule that will always hold true, through good and hard times alike: You look after your cows, and they’ll look after you.

Benefits:

Highly absorbent bedding (5 x more than sawdust, 10 x more than straw)

Neutral pH of 7.4 for improved skin comfort and less teat irritation

Incorporates into slurry stores and AD systems without disrupting bacterial activity

Incorporates into slurry stores and AD systems without disrupting bacterial activity

Prioritises healthy, undamaged teat surfaces to reduce bacteria internalisation

Prioritises healthy, undamaged teat surfaces to reduce bacteria internalisation

Absorbs urine and leaked milk quickly, leading to more hygienic livestock and cubicles

Absorbs urine and leaked milk quickly, leading to more hygienic livestock and cubicles

High retention in cubicles with fewer losses from open, breezy housing

High retention in cubicles with fewer losses from open, breezy housing

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We’ve used EnviroBed from EnviroSystems mainly on the heifers for over 10 years now. It does a good job and keeps them clean and dry.

Gold Cup winner John TorranceBattles Hall, Romford (2020 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner)

EnviroSystems is by far the best company we deal with! We’ve been using EnviroBed for 18 years and we have always felt the family values – both looked after and listened to as a farmer and customer. They are always on the ball and the bedding comes when we need it. If there is ever a problem, it is sorted quickly, and it would only take one phone call – things are always chased up after and never left. This means I can rely on supply and there’s one less thing to chase up on our farm – saving us time and energy!

David MorganGwerny Go in Powys

Using EnviroBed has definitely made our beds more comfortable as the cows are lying down for longer. We use the bedding on our dry cows and heifers as it stays on the beds really well. EnviroBed creates a soft layer on the concrete heifer cubicles which is very absorbent, keeping the cows clean and dry. We bed up the heifers every other day so it saves us time and cost.

Stephen RowbottomShepherds Dairy, Garstang, Lancashire

The BioCircle Link: 

Traditional lime-based bedding kills bacteria indiscriminately due to the high pH. If an excesses of lime-based bedding makes its way into slurry stores and AD plants, the lime can accumulate and raise the pH of these systems to conditions where the bacteria breaking down the slurry (SlurryBugs) can no longer survive. The neutral pH of EnviroBed means that the bedding can be added to slurry and AD systems without disrupting these bacteria. 

The neutral pH also is kinder on the teat ends, meaning that the skin surface condition is much improved and has fewer irritations and cracks. This means that when used with a nourishing and skin sensitive teat cleaner such as EnviroCare Teat, the bacteria are easily washed off the surface and have a reduced ability to penetrate the skin surface and cause inflammation within the teat body. 

EnviroBed® Premium

This product is a combination of our award winning EnviroBed® combined with the qualities of  high quality virgin sawdust dried to 95% for high absorbency.

Cleaner, more comfortable cows… just good old fashioned stockmanship

Increasing numbers of farmers who really care about cow comfort and cleanliness are turning away from the various shortcomings of straw, sawdust, shavings, sand and recycled manure solids for cubicle bedding.

These farmers aren’t doing this because it’s fashionable, or an industry expert said they should, or even some new university research has been published. They’re doing it because they know – deep down in their stockmanship subconscious – that it’s simply the right thing for their cows.

It honours an old fashioned rule that will always hold true, through good and hard times alike: You look after your cows, and they’ll look after you

Benefits:

Highly absorbent bedding (5 x more than sawdust, 10 x more than straw)

Neutral pH of 7.4 for improved skin comfort and less teat irritation

Incorporates into slurry stores and AD systems without disrupting bacterial activity

Incorporates into slurry stores and AD systems without disrupting bacterial activity

Additional antibacterial properties from cellulose rich high quality sawdust

Additional antibacterial properties from cellulose rich high quality sawdust

Prioritises healthy, undamaged teat surfaces to reduce bacteria internalisation

Prioritises healthy, undamaged teat surfaces to reduce bacteria internalisation

Absorbs urine and leaked milk quickly, leading to more hygienic livestock and cubicles

Absorbs urine and leaked milk quickly, leading to more hygienic livestock and cubicles

High retention in cubicles with fewer losses from open, breezy housing

High retention in cubicles with fewer losses from open, breezy housing

How much does EnviroBed® Premium cost?

Costing from as little as 11-12 pence per cow, typical daily usage is about two litres per cubicle.

Availability:

EnviroBed® Premium is produced by EnviroSystems® all year round and delivered direct to farm on artic tippers, artic walking floors and 8 wheelers. Self collection is also available.

EnviroBed Premium is the best bedding I’ve used for a long time. The cows like it, it stays on the beds and it’s lasting far longer than other bedding products I’ve used before.

Charles MorleyNew House Farm, Derbyshire

We’ve used EnviroBed from EnviroSystems mainly on the heifers for over 10 years now. It does a good job and keeps them clean and dry.

Gold Cup winner John TorranceBattles Hall, Romford (2020 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner)

EnviroSystems is by far the best company we deal with! We’ve been using EnviroBed for 18 years and we have always felt the family values – both looked after and listened to as a farmer and customer. They are always on the ball and the bedding comes when we need it. If there is ever a problem, it is sorted quickly, and it would only take one phone call – things are always chased up after and never left. This means I can rely on supply and there’s one less thing to chase up on our farm – saving us time and energy!

David MorganGwerny Go in Powys

Using EnviroBed has definitely made our beds more comfortable as the cows are lying down for longer. We use the bedding on our dry cows and heifers as it stays on the beds really well. EnviroBed creates a soft layer on the concrete heifer cubicles which is very absorbent, keeping the cows clean and dry. We bed up the heifers every other day so it saves us time and cost.

Stephen RowbottomShepherds Dairy, Garstang, Lancashire

Cow Comfort Pays Well

Cow comfort is not only morally sound and good for welfare, it is also profitable. By offering the right size and design of cubicles, sound bases, and dry, absorbent cattle bedding, you can expect your cows to lie down for 12 hours instead of 10, providing a possible 3.2 litres of milk a day extra.

An additional 1.6L of milk is generated for every extra hour a cow spends lying down.

Reduced feed bills due to more milk being produced through improved cow comfort

Lying down instead of standing contributes to extra milk production due to the saved energy

EnviroBed in action...

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EnviroBed must be stored on a clean surface in a cool, dry place
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Store with a maximum stack height of 5-6 feet to allow breathing
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Recommended application on cubicles is 1-2 kilos per cow per day