19 May 2000

Bedding by-product as straw option

A BY-PRODUCT of the paper pulping industry forms the basis of a new pig bedding material launched at the Pig and Poultry Fair by Microware.

The material is said to be totally sterile and particularly suitable for young pigs from birth to 30kg. It is absorbent, keeps pigs dry and is dust-free, so it helps reduce respiratory disease risks, according to the company.

It can also be used in slurry based systems as it breaks down readily, unlike straw, adds Microware. The product costs £3.50/20kg bag (0167-7470656, fax 0167-7470642).