Deep litter flooring for superior lying time
Deep litter flooring system:
A Deep litter floor is typically made up of medium to large sized wood chip, bark or post-peelings. The Deep litter materials will last for a considerable time (typically three years) when kept beneath the Redpath clear roof system making this flooring option both economic and effective to consider.
The Deep litter system provides a, clean and comfortable resting place for the cows to loaf and when kept dry below a clear UV transmitting roof it will offer substantially reduced incidence of disease/bacteria (mastitis) which is typically associated with outdoor litter systems or with barn designs that are dark, damp and cold. A stocking density of 7m³ + per cow is recommended for the best year-round housing and litter conditions.
The deep litter is either scraped clean on a regular basis or it is stirred up and mixed to keep it friable, clean and dry.
The Redpath Deep litter system is "hoof and cow friendly" with cows being able to be stood off for long periods of time with little effect on feet, limbs, and joints. The cows are very willing to rest on the soft Deep litter whilst digesting their feed. Concrete strips laid along the outside edges of the Dairyshelter or along the sides of a central covered 'service lane" approximately 1.5m wide are usually used to drop the feed onto - a small upstand along the pole line prevents feed from being dragged into the litter and vice-versa. Drainage of the deep litter system is important, and it pays to follow the plan that Redpath supply for both the site-works and Deep litter drains. Typically this involves creating a raised building pad into which a drain flow style piping is placed below the floor line/litter. Typically there will be a minimum of one drain but sometimes up to three drains lengthways per span may be used. Another alternative is to drain the building across its width to meet a 'common side drain”, we suggest you discuss the options that best suit your site and budget with Redpath before proceeding.
Variables that affect drainage might be the surrounding groundwater levels, stocking density and depth of the litter. A non-permeable membrane or clay may also be used below the round rock / gravel line on some installations so as to ensure that all effluent run off and its valuable nutrient content is caught and drained to the effluent pond.
Contact Redpath for a typical drain layout option used in the deep litter system.
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