Effects of sand and straw bedding on the lying behavior, cleanliness, and hoof and hock injuries of dairy cows.

  title={Effects of sand and straw bedding on the lying behavior, cleanliness, and hoof and hock injuries of dairy cows.},
  author={Marianna Norring and Eppu Manninen and Anne Marie de Passill{\'e} and Jeffrey Rushen and Lene Munksgaard and Hannu S Saloniemi},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={91 2},
This experiment compared the effects of sand and straw bedding in free stalls on resting time, cleanliness, hock injuries, and hoof health of dairy cows and tested whether cow preferences for a bedding material depended on the familiarity with the material. A total of 52 dairy cows were kept either on straw bedded concrete stalls or sand stalls for at least 21 wk. The lying behavior was observed, and hock lesions, hoof health, and cleanliness of the cows and stalls were measured. A 5-d… CONTINUE READING

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