Better Hygiene & Biosecurity

Nov 29, 2021 | Racing

Maintaining the highest levels of hygiene in a racing yard is a critical priority, and the way we make Bedmax shavings is designed to help in two ways.

1. Sterilisation

We dry our shavings at sterilising temperatures during production to kill potentially infectious bacteria, fungi and viruses.

2. Natural Biosecurity

Once in use in the stable, bedding can become the perfect breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria. So we make Bedmax shavings predominantly from Scots Pine timber, because pine offers a unique hygienic benefit in combating this threat.

Tested and proven by time and science

Pine has been used as an antiseptic in many cultures for millennia, and in the days of working horses it was common practice for grooms to sprinkle pine shavings on cleaned stable floors.

During the past 20 years, many scientific studies have proved that the old grooms knew what they were doing. Pine timber contains uniquely powerful biological and hydrological defences against harmful bacteria and fungi. These defences remain just as effective in Bedmax shavings.

Traceability

We buy our pine timber only from renewable managed forestry sources in the UK. This means that every bag of Bedmax Shavings is made from fully traceable, completely natural and uncontaminated raw material.

Pine kills E.coli and E.faecium

In a study by the German Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry in 2005, pine was tested against spruce and larch – the softwoods most commonly used for making wood shavings beddings.

All species were inoculated with Escherichia coli pIE639 (E.coli) and Enterococcus faecium bacteria, two of the most common harmful strains of bacteria found instables. The study concluded that only pine completely eradicated these bacterial threats and prevented their regeneration.

“Pine wood possesses clear hygienic advantages compared to other woods…”

Source: A. Schönwälder, R. Kehr, A. Wulf and K. Smalla

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