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Old 09-04-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning out barn/bedding stalls

I have a dirt floor barn, and use straw as a bedding however I am worried about cocci and parasite carryover in between times I clean out the stalls.

I have heard of people putting lye or Diatamacious Earth on the ground before covering with straw, to 'sterilize' the ground??

I live in a very dry climate, how often do you clean out the bedding in the stalls? What do you use to 'sterilize' or clean the ground in between cleanings?

What else should I be doing to keep parasites etc down?

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Old 09-04-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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I have heard of people putting lye or Diatamacious Earth on the ground before covering with straw, to 'sterilize' the ground??
NEVER lye!

I am going to assume you meant barn lime.

DE or barn lime will not sterilize the barn dirt floor, nothing will. It will however, keep the moisture down. We use barn lime in any damp places and bed with straw. I am pretty fussy about things so this is done twice a day. You will also never find poop in our goat pens. We scoop all poop out of the pens 4 times a day. Did I mention that I am very fussy? It would drive me crazy to see poop on the hooves of my milkers on the milkstand!

My girls always get 'clean sheets' before bed.

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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Sara,
So let me get this straight. Are you saying you strip your stalls of bedding 4 times a day? or are you doing something else?

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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No, I scoop all poop out of the pens 4 times daily. The entire barn is cleaned out (all bedding removed) weekly or bi-weekly, during the spring, summer and fall (depending on need).

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Sara, do you have hay laying inside the stalls then? I have saw dust and I can't separate it from the berries. So I scoop out everything once daily What kind of pitch fork do you use?

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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I use a feed scoop and a five gallon pail... really high tech.

I then dump the buckets of poop into our manure speader that is parked outside the fenceline.

Vicki or Kaye will probably come on and tell me how crazy I am. But I just hate poop in the pens! I look at it like, I wouldn't want to lay in it, why should my goats? Yuck!

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Sara, what kind of floor do you have in your barn?

Do y'all like lime, DE, or PDZ better for dirt floors?

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Old 09-04-2008, 07:04 PM   #8
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I have dirt (class 5 gravel) floors.

I use barn lime. I don't see a reason to use a more expensive product when barn lime works equally as well.

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She has to keep it clean in case she forgets her shoes

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Old 09-04-2008, 08:13 PM   #10
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OK....now to come over to the dark side

I strip my barns down to dirt in Apirl, everyone is through kidding. The baby pens remain in shavings that get completely cleaned out about every 4 weeks, between times I add fresh shavings to freshen up the look for buyers

The main stalls which house milkers are dirt, I use a leaf rake and rake up berries and wet spots every few days. If I am swamped with customers, it may be done on the weekend...when I can't even do that I hire it out to one of my children who wants some money

I don't rebed the barns with shavings until Christmas...we don't freeze and it isn't really cold here. I do compltely clean and rebed the milkers barns before kidding the first of March.

My cleaning daily when the girls are in milk, until it's warm enough to pull out the shavings, is called "fluffing the barn" But running your pitch fork through the shavings to fluff them, it moves clean shavings to the top and the berries underneath where SARA can't see them

I don't have a manure spreader, I have a wheelbarrow and a compost pile.

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