How now, sustainable cow: Dairy bedding made from recycled paper fiber
Thanks to Syracuse Fiber Recycling, local cows are comfortable resting on their beds of waste paper. Not only do comfortable cows mean more milk production, but the bedding is environmentally friendly to boot.
That’s 1,400 tons of fiber rejects and fiber residue that isn’t clogging a landfill.
“We ship 75, 72-yard loads a week to farms,” said Martin Kubacki, one of the company’s two partners.
“Farms all over New York state and some in Pennsylvania use our bedding,” he said, more than 75 farms all together.
Cow bedding is important to dairy operations because if cows are comfortable, they will produce more milk, produce longer and be healthy longer, said Shawn Bossard, farm manager at Morrisville State College.