recycled animal bedding faqs

By recycling newspapers and some cardboard we are helping our environment...

Is newspaper a new idea for livestock bedding?What is the best way to use Shred-a-Bed horse bedding for a dust free environment?
We would recommend using mats to provide the best stable environment.

Daily Routine

  • Remove droppings and wettest bedding
  • Turn over bedding for airing.
  • Top up as required. (Approx. use: one bale per month for topping up)

Monthly Routine

  • Bank up all existing bedding and lift mats.
  • Disinfect stall and let air dry..
  • Replace bedding and top up with approximately one new bale of Shred-a-Bed .

Is newspaper a new idea for livestock bedding?
Using newspaper for animal bedding and or as a feed substitute is not a new idea. The U.S. Department of Agriculture have been experimenting since the 1960's with favourable results.

Shredded newspaper is already used for animal bedding in many places and has proved particularily useful for horses that have allergies to straw. It is also used with success by veterinary practices, poultry and game breeders, kennel, racecourses, farms for dairy cattle and lambing.

Doesn't newspaper livestock bedding cost more?
While the price of newspaper may fluctuate, it generally stays below the price of other shredded materials, and when the higher absorbency of shredded newspaper is factored into the price, paper is very competitive. Another economic benefit to all citizens is the reduction in the volume of newsprint reaching landfills.

Isn't newspaper animal bedding less absorbent?
Newspaper is two or three times more absorbent than all other conventional farm animal bedding.

Is newspaper ink toxic to animals and humans?
The newspaper industry has made great efforts to generate a non-toxic waste stream. Most publishers use organic pigments. These pigments are the same as used in tattoos, lipsticks, hair colouring and other cosmetics..

Tests have shown that it has no adverse effects on the health of animals (even if they do eat some of it) and that it can be composted or used in slurry without harming the soil in any way. Newsprint is bacteria free and completely biodegradable.

NOTE: Shredded paper bedding can be harmful to cheek pouched animals (Hamsters etc.) and would not be suitable in this case. Special ranges of Shred-a- Bed are available for this family of animals.

Will it take more newspaper bedding to keep animals clean?
Compared to other forms of bedding, less newspaper is needed to bed on a daily basis.

Shredded paper also has excellent thermal insulation properties.

Does newspaper bedding decompose?
Newspaper used in farm animal bedding tends to decompose rapidly when it is saturated with livestock manure and applied to farmland at normal rates.

Shredded paper bedding is bio-degradable and can be incorporated into the ground where it breaks down quicker than either straw or shavings. Also farm animal bedding can be used as a mulch. Is it environmentaly friendly, economical and easy to handle especially if used with rubber matting.

Newspaper bedding looks like litter in a barn.
As newspaper bedding becomes more widely used by farmers and equestrian centres it will be reviewed less as a litter and more as 'environmental bedding'.

Farmers have always prided themselves on being good stewards of the land and continue to grasp new technology to assure economic and environmental efficiency for their farming enterprises.

Newspaper bedding is a greater fire hazard than other bedding materials.
Fires are often a result of carelessness. Reported cases of fires in barns using chopped newspaper are the same as for other bedding materials.