The Saratogian newspaper reports on a new type of bedding for dairy cows that keeps cows clean, healthy and comfortable. Hanehan Family Dairy in Saratoga County is one of 90 New York state farms that now use recycled paper mill sludge.

“Farmers use a lot of byproducts,” said Philip Hanehan, the farm’s herdsman. “All this stuff helps reduce the carbon footprint of the dairy industry and food production in general.”

Short-fiber papermaking residue is mixed with cement dust, a drying agent, to make animal bedding that is absorbent and has a high pH content, which inhibits bacteria so cows produce higher-quality milk.

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