Biomass for Bedding Fact Sheet

Project Type: Graduate Student
Funds awarded in 2016: $14,258.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2017
Grant Recipient: Penn State University
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Graduate Student:
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul Patterson
Penn State University
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Michael Hulet
Penn State University
Dr. Jude Liu
Penn State University
This fact sheet describes characteristics of switchgrass, miscanthus grass, biomass willow, and softwood shavings including initial moisture, density, and fuel values of both bedding and litter. In addition, equipment and their corresponding processing settings used to attain bedding materials are outlined for those who are interested in producing bedding material with the specifications used in the trials. All values were realized from research projects conducted at Penn State's Poultry Education and Research Center as well as the field trials conducted with assistance of funds from this SARE grant.

Miscanthus grass was not utilized in this SARE grant, but it is noted as an alternative bedding in Pennsylvania. Because many people recognize it as such, data from previous trials conducted by myself at Penn State were used in addition to the information from the projects outlined in this grant to compile this fact sheet.
Fact Sheet
Amy Barkley, Penn State University
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Amy Barkley
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.