Milestone for Enva’s easichick recycled poultry bedding
The wood fibre animal bedding manufacturer, easibedding, has announced it’s reached a significant milestone having now manufactured over a third of a million tonnes of its market leading poultry bedding product – easichick.
The company, which is owned by the recycling and resource recovery specialist, Enva, has recently seen significantly increased demand driven by the efforts of UK poultry farmers to combat the spread of avian influenza. This has resulted in many of the UK’s largest commercial poultry producers prioritising beddings that are manufactured and transported in a completely biosecure environment. Rigorous testing of easichick (enabled by unique batch numbers and retained samples) has shown the bedding to have zero counts for; Moulds, Salmonella sp., Pseudomonas, Aspergillus sp., Avian Influenza and Enterobacteriaceae* consistently provided to their customers.
In addition to its animal health benefits, the fact that easichick is manufactured from 100% clean recycled wood also makes it highly sustainable both environmentally and commercially. Spent bedding can be spread on farmland and grassland as part of an organic farming system, with the Organic Farmers & Growers Association accreditation. It can also be used as a fuel at poultry litter approved power stations.
Commenting on the announcement easibedding’s Managing Director, Tim Price, said: “Defra Minister, Mark Spencer, recently emphasised that biosecurity is vital if farmers are to keep flocks safe and prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus. He also went on to specifically highlight the importance of poultry bedding and that every effort should be made to ensure this was kept clean when stored as bales outside.
easibedding has been working with UK commercial poultry farmers for over 15 years to develop a consistent quality of bedding that provides biosecurity, flock health and wellbeing and efficiency to help improve yields. We are delighted to have reached this manufacturing milestone and look forward to continuing to support UK poultry farmers as we move into the new year.”
The health and wellbeing benefits of easichick are not limited to biosecurity. The product displays several other welfare enhancing properties including:
• Friable movement in the wood fibre bed – reducing hock burn
• Absorbent and free draining – lowering incidences of Pododermatitis
• Reduced capping – less requirement for topping up the bed
• Improved thermal properties from the bed assist FCR (Food Conversion Rate)