2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Compost Dairy Barns, A Viable Housing Option?

2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Compost Dairy Barns, A Viable Housing Option? by Dr. Marcia Endres, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota-St. Paul



Compost bedding pack barns are becoming a popular housing option, especially in the Midwest. This new alternative housing system provides cow comfort and improved locomotion, resulting in increased milk production. These barns can also be more economical to build. However, there are challenges. Recycled bedding requires proper management including stirring the bedding daily. Dr. Marcia Endres is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul; specializing in cow management and behavior. Originally a nutritionist, Endres noticed the lack of information about cow comfort prompting her to enter the research field to find answers and provide solutions.