Enhanced range

Sheep in STOCKMAX bedding.
Sheep in STOCKMAX bedding.

A new brand of livestock bedding has been launched especially for farmers.

Belford-based BEDMAX, the UK’s largest horse bedding manufacturer, is diversifying and enhancing its range of products to include STOCKMAX, a branded shavings for farmers.

Using the same dust-free, pine timber shavings as its flagship BEDMAX, the STOCKMAX shavings are naturally antiseptic due to pine’s ability to kill off spores of fungus and bacteria. Dried at temperatures that sterilise the shavings, STOCKMAX provides a warm, dry and absorbent bed for a diverse array of animals.

Tim Smalley, managing director of BEDMAX, said: “We increasingly noticed not all of our customers were horse owners and by researching the target market, we were able to identify that people were buying BEDMAX for many types of animals, ranging from dairy cattle to dogs, game chicks to sheep.

“Based on the findings from our extensive research, we took the decision to launch STOCKMAX to appeal to a wider range of customers unrelated to the equine industry. The bags are designed for people to immediately identify STOCKMAX as bedding that is suitable for all types of stock and poultry.”

Holders of a Royal Warrant, Northumberland-based BEDMAX originally began producing dust-free shavings for the horse racing industry 15 years ago. Today, the company runs three plants with an annual production of more than two million bags of shavings.

These are for the UK and export markets.

Due the antibacterial properties, which help reduce deaths caused by infection, primarily E. coli, STOCKMAX is the ideal bedding for sheep during lambing. Pine completely kills off the E.coli infection and is also effective against other bacteria thus reducing the need for expensive antibiotics to treat infected lambs. Producing very little dust and spores, STOCKMAX remains dry and warm for longer, benefiting over straw, giving lambs the best possible start.

STOCKMAX has similar benefits for calving cattle, especially in the dairy sector. In addition, research from the US has shown that pine shavings can help create significantly more hygienic environments in dairy cattle stalls, whilst also reducing infections such as mastitis. Contented, comfortable cattle also tend to produce more milk.

Poultry farmers are also turning to STOCKMAX because of the success pine shavings have demonstrated in combating bacteria, fungi and the harmful effects of ammonia from droppings which can result in respiratory, eye and skin conditions. The larger size of the STOCKMAX shavings mean losses due to choking are avoided as they don’t break down into mulch, and chicks are far less likely try to eat them.

Holders of a Royal Warrant, Northumberland-based BEDMAX originally began producing dust-free shavings for the horse racing industry 15 years ago. Today, the company runs three plants with an annual production of more than two million bags of shavings for the UK and export markets.