IMPROVING
ANIMAL WELFARE
WITH A STRAW SYSTEM

By ACO FUNKI

Funki MultiStraw transports cut straw by means of the special transport system, controlled by Funki MultiController. Along with the straw dosing units, this provides a system that can distribute straw at the desired times and amounts during the day.

Funki MultiStraw can dose the exact amount of straw needed by the individual animal groups. The amount of straw can be adjusted according to the animals' needs. By increasing the amount of straw, biogas production can be improved as the amount of dry substance in the slurry is increased.

Likewise, it is possible to adjust the dosing times so that it happens outside of the times when the employees are in the building, which provides a better working environment.

It is concluded that straw has many positive effects on the welfare of animals. Bedding improves the physical comfort of the floor, and—unless temperatures are high—straw enables animals to somewhat control their microclimate thereby increasing thermal comfort.

Straw also functions as an important stimulus and outlet for exploration, foraging, rooting and chewing behaviours.

The system also works well with sawdust