Praise for Cubicles Bedded with Sand

COWS IN cubicles bedded with sand had lower levels of lameness compared with rubber crumb-filled mattresses, according University of Wisconsin-Madison vet school research.

Lameness according to locomotion score was 11% for cows in sand cubicles compared with 24% for cows in herds using mattresses, reported Nigel Cook.

 “There was no difference in overall lying time, but moderately lame cows spent more time standing in mattress-bedded cubicles than they did in sand cubicles,” said Dr Cook.

“The desire to lie down is limited by the pain associated with rising and lying and the fear of slipping. “We believe that cows in sand cubicles suffer less fear because of the traction offered by the bedding material.”