Eco Wood Chip Animal Bedding

Our Willow Eco Wood Chip Animal Bedding is the perfect bedding solution for your animals, your budget and the planet.

At Eco Crops Ltd, we’re proud to offer a premium wood chip bedding solution that benefits both your livestock and the planet. Our wood chip animal bedding is a natural wood chip substrate made from high-grade virgin willow or poplar perennial crops, sustainably grown in the UK by local British farmers. This eco-friendly wood chip bedding is perfect for a variety of animals, including sheep, dairy and beef cattle, poultry, pigs, and horses. 

Eco Crops Ltd Wood Chip Animal Bedding - Healthy for Animals and the Planet

Here’s why our wood chip animal bedding is the ideal choice for your farm or equine needs.

Sustainably Grown and Locally Sourced

Our poplar and willow wood chip is derived from sustainable farms across the UK, ensuring that we support local agriculture and minimise our environmental footprint. By choosing our wood chip for livestock bedding, you’re not only providing a healthy environment for your animals but also promoting sustainable farming practices.

Benefits of Using Wood Chip for Animal Bedding

Whether you need bedding for cattle, horses, or poultry, our product adapts to various environments and requirements, ensuring optimal performance and animal comfort.

Our locally grown poplar and willow wood chips can offer numerous advantages over traditional substrates such as straw, paper or sawdust.

Cost-Effective

Wood chip bedding can be a cheaper substrate option, helping you save money without compromising quality.

Durable & Absorbent

Our wood chips are highly absorbent and soak up moisture efficiently, prolonging the lifespan of your animal bedding.

Versatile Usage

Suitable for indoor arenas and barns, our wood chip animal bedding is perfect for both farming and equine sectors.

Eco Crops’ natural bedding solution is soft and easy to work with, helping to control odours and create a more comfortable and hygienic environment for your animals. This is crucial for maintaining the health and welfare of livestock. 

Our quality wood chips are clean with a low dust content and can extend the lifespan of the straw bedding by absorbing excess moisture and minimising compaction.

After use, our wood chip animal bedding can break down into high-quality mulch compost to fertilise soil. During the natural decomposition process, our willow wood chip enriches soil health and fertility, providing an additional benefit to farmers looking to improve their land’s productivity. The composted chip can be used in the same way as traditional straw-based manure, and using the same machinery, it can be spread on fields to boost nutrients and improve soil quality.

Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly

Made from your choice of pure virgin fibre willow or poplar perennial crops, our wood chip animal bedding is untreated, non-toxic, and 100% natural. This ensures a safe, hygienic, and comfortable environment for animals.

It’s also eco-friendly, making it a sustainable alternative to traditional bedding materials. Using wood chips instead of or in conjunction with straw allows farmers to utilise material from less productive land to sustain soils on more productive lands. This innovative use of resources not only benefits the environment but also supports the economic viability of farms by making the most of available land.

Healthy for Animals, Good for the Planet

Our wood chip bedding is designed with both animal health and environmental sustainability in mind.

Improved Hygiene

The absorbent nature of our natural wood chips helps maintain better hygiene conditions, potentially resulting in cleaner animals.

Reduced Leaching

Wood chip used as animal bedding can soak up a significant amount of nitrogen, reducing leaching and harmful runoff from barns and resulting compost.

Easy Handling

Composted wood chip can be used like traditional straw-based manure, using the same machinery, and it is often easier to handle and spread.

The absorbency of animal bedding is particularly important for livestock health, as dry and clean bedding can prevent the spread of diseases and infections.

Its ease of use also makes the transition to wood chip animal bedding seamless for farmers, ensuring they can maintain their operations efficiently.

Application and Maintenance

For optimal results, add the wood chip bedding in thin layers about 10 centimetres deep, replacing it with fresh, dry bedding as needed, typically every 7-10 days if the animals are on a dry diet. This approach helps maintain a clean and dry environment for your livestock. Regular maintenance ensures that the bedding remains effective, providing a comfortable and hygienic space for your animals.

Suitable for Various Animals

Eco Crops wood chip animal bedding is suitable for a wide range of livestock, as well as horses. This includes:

Dairy & Beef Cattle

Absorbent wood chip bedding promotes comfort and improves cleanliness, reducing hoof issues and udder health concerns.

Sheep

Wood chip substrate offers good drainage, keeping hooves dry to minimise the risk of footrot, while also offering comfortable bedding for lambing.

Poultry

Wood chips control moisture and ammonia, suppressing odours and creating a healthier respiratory environment for birds such as chickens, turkeys, and ducks. At the same time, wood chip bedding provides a dry substrate for scratching and dustbathing which helps promote natural behaviours.

Pigs

Wood chip animal bedding absorbs waste effectively, helps regulate temperatures, control odours, prevent skin conditions, and provides enrichment for rooting.

Horses

Wood chips provide good cushioning for stalls and arenas, reducing stress on joints and offering a comfortable environment. It’s also less dusty which makes it more suitable for horses who are susceptible to respiratory disorders, as well as horses that eat their bedding.

Why Choose Eco Crops' Eco Wood Chip Bedding?

Choosing Eco Crops’ wood chip bedding means investing in a sustainable, cost-effective, and high-quality substrate solution for your animals. With us, you’re supporting local farmers, enhancing animal welfare, and contributing to a healthier planet. Our premium wood chip bedding is not only a practical choice but also an environmentally responsible one.

FAQs about our Natural Wood Chip Bedding

What is wood chip bedding?

Our wood chip bedding is a natural substrate for animals, made from high-grade virgin wood chips from locally grown willow or poplar perennial crops. It can be used as an alternative or in addition to traditional bedding for livestock, offering benefits such as improved moisture absorption, durability, and ease of composting.

Why use wood chip for livestock bedding?

Wood chip animal bedding offers several benefits for livestock farmers and can be a compelling alternative to traditional bedding options for animals. It's highly absorbent and creates a well-drained environment, keeping livestock comfortable and drier, which can improve animal health. Wood chip bedding for livestock helps to control odours and can even be composted or spread on fields after use to reduce waste and fertilise land.

Our premium wood chip bedding can also be more cost-effective than other substrates, particularly if crops are grown on-site on marginal land. Wood chip is odourless and typically has lower levels of dust than paper, straw and sawdust bedding, without the risk of mould contamination. It’s also a suitable bedding alternative for livestock who tend to consume their bedding.

At Eco Crops Ltd, we take pride in the quality and consistency of our wood chip products. Our wood chip bedding is sustainable, made from 100% natural fibres from renewable UK-grown crops, and it’s non-toxic to livestock with no acidification effect on soil when spread back onto farmland.

Is Eco Crops' wood chip bedding safe for animals?

Yes, our wood chips are untreated, non-toxic, and completely natural, making them a safe bedding option for a variety of animals including sheep, cows, chickens, pigs, and horses. They provide a soft and absorbent bedding environment that promotes animal health and comfort.

How does wood chip bedding compare to straw?

Wood chip bedding can be less expensive than straw, offering a cost-effective alternative that helps reduce overall substrate expenses. This is because large amounts of straw is required to make a good bed since it compacts down, whereas a 10cm shallow layer of wood chip bedding can make an adequate substrate for animals.

Wood chip can withstand heavy use, absorbs moisture well, and stays clean for longer, making it a strong and durable bedding alternative - an attractive option for farmers looking to lower their operational costs without compromising on quality. 

Alternatively, our premium wood chip can be used in conjunction with straw or other substrates to enhance the benefits and improve the longevity of the bedding.

Is wood chip bedding suitable for indoor and outdoor use?

Yes, our wood chip animal bedding is versatile and can be used in indoor arenas, barns, and various farming sectors. It is designed to perform well in different environments and weather conditions, providing a reliable bedding solution for all types of livestock.

How often should I replace wood chip animal bedding?

For optimal results, we recommend topping up the bedding chip every 7-10 days to maintain a clean and dry environment for your animals.

What animals can use wood chip bedding?

Our premium wood chip bedding provides a versatile and effective bedding solution for various types of animals. It’s suitable for sheep, cattle, poultry, pigs, and many other livestock animals. You can use our soft wood chips for horse stalls and other equestrian surfaces, too.

Delivery Information

Our eco wood chip bedding is available in bulk or bags, depending on your requirements. Eco Crops can also supply wood chip bedding in small bags to local retail stockists. Contact us for more details or fill in the form below.

Ordering Your Eco Wood Chip Bedding

Ordering your wood chip bedding couldn’t be simpler. Whether you opt for bulk walking floors with 90, 100, or 110 cubic metre loads or dumpy bags, our locally grown willow wood chip offers uniform consistency, making it perfect for various applications.

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