What is the key benefit?
Absorbency – our pellets are up to 4 times more absorbent than shavings. Wood pellets have an excellent absorption rate due to the way the pellets are formed, so kilo for kilo they are far more effective than shavings and chips.
What are the pellets made from?
The pellets are manufactured from 100% virgin softwood timber in accordance with the most stringent quality control procedures; therefore, we can assure you that no resins or additives are present in the final pellet. Our premium grade pellets are 6mm in diameter with a clean appearance giving a soft and secure bed that is comfy underfoot. Our product has distinct advantages over traditional bedding, easily manageable, reduced ammonia smell and highly absorbent.
How does the bedding work and why do you add water?
The science behind the bedding is quite straightforward; the pellets are delivered with a low moisture content and the pellets are held together by a water-soluble component in all wood called lignin. The ideal moisture content of wood for best absorption is about 25%. At this moisture content the capillary action, which draws the urine into the wood cell’s xylem vessels functions correctly. Adding water is necessary for two reasons; the first is to dissolve the lignin and allow the pellet to expand and the second is to allow the material in the pellet enough moisture to reach a 25% moisture content in order to allow the capillary action, which is the mechanics behind the absorption, to operate.
Capillary Action is the movement of liquid along the surface of a solid caused by the attraction of molecules of the liquid to the molecules of the solid.
Can the bedding be spread on to fields?
Yes, and the reason other types of bedding, such as wood shavings, shouldn’t be spread on to the fields, is that they take nitrates from the soil in order to decompose and the lack of nitrates then stunts then growth of any grass/crops. Wood pellet bedding however does not take nitrates from the soil and when spread with muck will fully break down and naturally help fertilise the land. One reason for this is because wood pellet bedding has a far greater surface area than shavings, so they decompose an awful lot quicker and without taking nitrates from the soil.
Wood pellets are fantastic to spread on the fields, as it is primarily horse manure, with a very small amount of bedding, it rots down to an extremely fertile black mulch. It is ready to spread when the consistency is similar to that of regular compost. Ensure to spread before rain.
It is advisable to keep wood pellet muck heaps separate from other types of bedding.
What makes wood pellets better than other types of horse bedding?
It works better primarily because of its ability to absorb moisture. With other types of bedding urine is able to pass through the bed and then spread once it hits the stable floor. With wood pellets the urine is absorbed before it hits the stable floor eliminating the spreading of the urine and keeping it in a small area. As a secondary result of this less waste is produced which means that the size of the muck heap is greatly reduced, and less bedding is used; making it cheaper to run. Finally, there is no ammonia smell, this is because when urine is absorbed into the wood fibres the ammonia bonds to the cells resulting in an odour free stable and a handy colour change.
What is my saving compared to Shavings?
Estimated saving when compared to shavings is approximately £400-£500 per stable per year. Additional costs such as for disinfectants will also be avoided or reduced.
How does the bedding compare to Straw?
When compared to straw, our wood pellets offer superior urine absorption, better ammonia control and less waste in terms of the amount of soiled bedding that is removed. A popular benefit is the labour-saving time in terms of cleaning and stable maintenance. In addition, there is the space saving aspect, where our bags take up typically half the storage area.
Is the bedding environmentally friendly?
Yes, it is biodegradable, it will rot down quickly and reduce the muck heap area by up to 50%. It is a 100% natural product with no additives and can be spread on the land as fertilizer. It will save you 30-50% on labour and transport costs as the bedding needs changing less often. Muck heaps will have more manure, so it will be easier for composting and therefore there is less waste and a subsequent reduction in disposal costs.
Will using pellets for bedding save time?
Because the solid manure separates easily, less time is spent removing the soiled bedding from the stable or horse box compared with traditional methods. The urine-saturated areas will clump allowing quick and easy removal in their entirety ideally with a square nosed shovel. Grooming time will be reduced as the pellets do not break down to a fine dust. They are made from an optimal coarse material, so it is less sticky. Horses will simply shake it off and it can be quickly brushed out.
Are pellets more expensive than traditional beddings like wood shavings and straw?
If you consider that each 15kg bag is equivalent to about 1.5 bales of shavings, you can easily calculate the savings to be made in material costs. Plus, it is anticipated that you will reduce your labour costs by 35-60% as bedding is added just once a week and only wet bedding and manure is removed.
Will my horse eat the pellets?
Always ensure the pellets are entirely ready for the stable or horse box prior to leaving the horse on the pellet base. Wood pellets are typically less palatable to the horse than wood shavings. Bedding pellets taste and smell like wood, so most horses will immediately recognise this and quickly spit them out once they have recognised that the pellets contain no nutritional value. Always avoid ingestion of the pellets.
How should the pellets be stored?
Bedding should always be stored in a dry and well-ventilated place. Protect from ingress of moisture and ideally do not store outside. Our equine bedding has proven to be an excellent product from the ease of storage, to the manageability of the bed right through to the reduction in your muck heap.
Does the bedding react differently dependent on the weather?
The amount of water added to a bag can be dependent on the weather, where a colder winter climate requires less water than for example in warm summer months. To top up an existing bed, and especially in wet/damp weather, you can mix some dry pellets into the bed to boost the absorbent capacity.
Are wood pellets dusty?
Many types of bedding can be dusty. In particular, depending on how it was bailed and under what conditions, straw is sometimes quite dusty. This dust can get into a horse’s lungs, reducing short-term performance and risking long-term damage. Some horses are very sensitive to dust and need to be kept in dust-free boxes, while others are not bothered unless the dust levels are extraordinary. If your bedding is dusty and your horse starts coughing, you may need to change bedding. This is often a serious issue with sawdust and sometimes an important issue with wood shavings.
Will it work on the dirtiest of horses?
We have had the bed tested on the “dirtiest” of horses and owners are surprised at the results, because of the high absorbency factor the top of the bed tends not to get wet and so the horse is invariably standing on dry bed. Therefore, there is little possibility to traipse bedding around the place, certainly no more than you would get with shavings and all of the additional benefits far outweigh this point.
Is the bedding secure under foot?
The finished bed is a soft dense bed so has little movement when the horses roll or get up.
Is there a possibility of contamination?
The bedding absorbs urine and slows the chemical breakdown into ammonia, thereby reducing health and smell issues. Other types of bedding will create a damp bed, which will soften horse hooves and present an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Ammonia is released from urine and can cause respiratory problems. In terms of hygiene, the pellets are produced at high temperature under high pressure, which make them 100% sterile, important for a healthy environment.
What are the full uses of wood pellet bedding?
Wood pellets are suitable for equestrian uses, whether it be for use as bedding or for arenas, gallops, muddy gateways, as well as for stable and even building heating.
Does it work with banks?
Some of our customers do use it with banks, and others who were traditionally used to banks with other products found it unnecessary with our product.
Is it suited to both small yards as well as a busy professional yard?
Our research has shown that our bedding is perfectly suited to both and especially for larger yards as they are both money and time saving. There will be a reduction in the cost of bedding, the time taken to muck out and the size of the muck heap, which further reduces costs.
How is the bedding supplied?
We provide wood pellet bedding in 15kg clear plastic bags on pallets ranging from half-pallets (35x15kg bags), 3/4 pallets (50x15kg) and full pallets (65x15kg).
Can I call and place an order over the telephone?
Yes, if you would like to place a telephone order please contact us on 01256 411394 and one of our team will be happy to help.