Utilizing Waste Cardboard for Livestock Bedding on Small Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $2,299.95
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:

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  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: housing
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study
  • Soil Management: organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    Project will attempt to create a method to easily and economically turn waste cardboard from local businesses into usable bedding for free stall, stanchion, or box stall livestock housing. Industrial grade wood chippers and shredders will be rented or borrowed to conduct the attempts. This study will look at the economic feasibility of using shredded cardboard for bedding as opposed to purchasing pre-shred wood chips. Using cardboard will cut down on the wood chips purchased therefore saving trees as well as money.

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