is corn cob bedding okay to use?
Mother Nature grows these biodegradable corn cobs which we use in our horse bedding in America’s Heartland. Our special formula is 100% all natural, and will compost in as little as 6 months compared to wood shavings which can take up to 2 years! Our continuous quality control assures consistent, top-of-the-line horse bedding for your horse stalls all year round.
Laboratory facilities use many varieties of contact bedding, including wood chips, paper products, and corncob, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Corncob bedding, for example, is often used because of its high absorbency, ability to minimize detectable ammonia, and low cost. However, observations that mice eat the corncob lead to concerns that its use can interfere with dietary studies. We evaluated the effect of corncob bedding on feed conversion (change in body weight relative to the apparent number of kcal consumed over 7 d) in mice. Four groups of mice (6 to 12 per group) were housed in an individually ventilated caging system: (1) low-fat diet housed on recycled paper bedding, (2) low-fat diet housed on corncob bedding, (3) high-fat diet housed on recycled paper bedding, and (4) high-fat diet housed on corncob bedding. After 4 wk of the high-fat diet, feed conversion and percentage body weight change both were lower in corncob-bedded mice compared with paper-bedded mice. Low-fat–fed mice on corncob bedding versus paper bedding did not show statistically significant differences in feed conversion or change in percentage body weight. Average apparent daily feed consumption did not differ among the 4 groups. In conclusion, these data suggest that corncob bedding reduces the efficiency of feed conversion in mice fed a high-fat diet and that other bedding choices should be favored in these models.
We at Shepherd Specialty Papers are pleased to offer our own range of corn cob bedding that passes our strict quality and consistency standards. Corn cob bedding has an extensive
following in the Laboratory Research Industry and we are excited to offer the highest quality corn cob bedding available today.
Shepherd's™ Cob is dried in our driers to a lower moisture content than any other cob bedding material on the market. Our target moisture content during manufacturing is 5% by
weight while other manufacturers dry their product to 8 to 10%. Lower moisture content means our processing more effectively
kills bacteria, yeast, mold and coliforms. Please contact us for our most recent laboratory analysis.
Lower moisture content means Shepherd's™ Cob will
absorb more liquid by volume than other bedding materialsBestCob Horse Bedding is available in easy to handle 30 and 40-pound bags. (bulk may be available, see your dealer for details) Since BestCob Horse Bedding is made from corn cobs instead of wood shavings, you will use fewer bags per stall, freeing up space and saving you money.
Corn cob bedding has been shown in several studies to control ammonia in micro-isolation caging better than wood and some recycled paper bedding materialsThe perfect compliment to wood shavings and wood-chip bedding, Corn Cob Bedding’s wicking action absorption process keeps birds and small animals drier. Features include: natural, renewable resource made from ground corn cobs; corn cobs dry from bottom up, leaving a dry surface for birds and small animals; heat-treated bedding traps and absorbs odors and inhibits the formation of ammonia-forming compounds; used bedding can be safely composted.BestCob Horse Bedding is safe for the environment. When disposing, just spread out onto your pasture or field. The pellets have low carbon content which is good for your pasture; wood has high carbon content and pulls the nitrogen out of the ground, lowering the growing potential. BestCob Horse Bedding is also 100% corncob with no additives, only steam is needed to create the pellet. This means your horses will be even healthier than before because there are no wood oils or aromas in corn cob.The use of aromatic pine or cedar may affect your rat’s health in several ways. Long term inhalation of these chemicals may compromise the rat’s immune system making it more prone to the development of respiratory problems resulting from mycoplasma. It has also been shown in the laboratory that the phenols in these softwoods can alter the levels of the liver enzymes in laboratory rats. Clay cat litter is too dusty to be used to line the entire bottom of a rat’s environment. Use only small amounts of large granule, non-dusty, non-clumping clay litter in litter boxes. When wet, corncob bedding tends to rot and grow mold causing an unpleasant odor and an increase in bacteria within the animals environment. If you opt to use corn cob on the cage bottom then keep in mind that it has to be changed often. Corn Cob is best used in the litter box itself. Shredded paper can be used for your rats bedding. It must be changed often as it tends to get mushy when wet. Make sure that if you use shredded newspaper that it is printed with non-toxic soy or vegetable ink. Keep in mind that light colored rats will end up with dirty looking fur from the ink.