Straw systems

HIMEL straw systems
Straw as bedding keeps your animals healthy. Bedding on slatted and grid floors increases the well-being of the animals.

Adding straw reduces the risk of infection. Switching from sawdust to straw as bedding can even eliminate the dreaded claw disease in cattle. The number of infectious diseases is also reduced on pig farms. Vets therefore even advise against using sawdust as bedding in pig farming.

Straw bedding improves the air in the barn and increases the fertilising value of the manure. Due to its absorbency, straw not only binds moisture, but also odours. This not only has an effect in the barn, but also when spreading the slurry.
In untreated liquid manure, nitrogen mineralises to 50 % within 7 days. After 20 days, it has already lost 86 % of its fertilising value. The addition of straw counteracts this. The carbon-containing cell material of the straw serves as "food" for the slurry bacteria. It binds the nitrogen in the slurry in organic form so that it remains available to the plant over a longer period of time. The straw mill crushes the straw sufficiently and destroys the water-repellent wax layer of the straw stalks.

We recommend the use of straw in pellet form as bedding for horse farms. Find out more about straw pelleting here

Feed additive
Short straw enhances feed that is low in crude fibre. Ground straw can easily be used as a feed additive. Valuable crude fibre is released simply by grinding the straw without the need for chemical digestion. They supplement feeding with hay, lucerne, silage and green fodder. Experience has shown that pigs, for example, are particularly fond of oat straw.