Alternative Bedding and Management of Composting bedded Pack Dairy Barns

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2006: $150,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Jeffrey Reneau
University of Minnesota

Annual Reports


  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: general animal production


    No final report submitted to date.

    Project objectives:

    Objectives/Performance Targets

    •To assess by surveying farms using CDB what their needs are and experience has been in managing these facilities;
    •To determine using a micro-composting laboratory which crop residue materials possess the necessary chemical and physical characteristics to be prime candidates for use in the CDB;
    •To conduct a pilot study at the Morris West Central Research and Outreach Center with the most promising crop and wood byproduct residues identified by the micro-composting experiments;
    •To extend the use of the most successful alternative bedding to be used by cooperating CDB farms to determine the effectiveness in a commercial setting;
    •To explore the use of the CDB end product as a value added media source for the commercial composting industry;
    •To develop an Extension education program to provide this information to the general dairy farm public.

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