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Renewi Canada is a pioneer in North America with its introduction of compost as animal bedding; most specifically for dairy farms. The compost is specially treated with a formula that inhibits the growth of klebsiella, an organism that can cause mastitis in lactating cows. The compost bedding is not only pasteurized, assuring animal health, but is also soft and absorbs moisture. This results in increased "lay down" times for the cows and increased milk production. Other advantages over traditional bedding such as straw or sand is its much improved "pumpability", greatly reducing maintenance issues with manure pit trash pumps. Compost is now being offered for sale as bedding for other animals....and once it is spent it makes for perfect fertilizer!