CUBICLE LIME

KILL BACTERIA. CONTROL MASTITIS. PROTECT MILK YIELD. 

Our Cubicle Lime is a unique disinfectant style product that we have formulated using a blend of superfine limestone powder and hydrated lime. The product combines all the antibacterial benefits of hydrated lime in a mild, super-absorbent blend which will inhibit the growth of bacteria, aid in the prevention of mastitis and provide ultimate cow comfort. 

WHY USE BENNETTSBRIDGE LIMESTONE CUBICLE LIME?

Aids Mastitis Prevention

Our Cubicle Lime successfully deactivates E.coli, Salmonella and mastitis causing bacteria such as Staphylococcal and Streptococcal by raising the pH above 12.5 (until deactivated). As a result, it also reduces somatic cell counts.

Sustains pH levels for longer

Our Cubicle Lime is formulated using our superfine limestone powder and hydrated lime which is sourced from the makers of White Rhino in Carlow. Our stronger hydrated lime blends will sustain pH levels of treated areas for lasting animal protection.

Improves cow hygiene & comfort

Here at Bennettsbridge Limestone, our Cubicle Lime is finely ground for high surface area coverage and maximum absorption, ensuring cows are clean, dry and comfortable for longer. It also keeps their teats in good condition making them easier to milk.

Benefits Farmland

Farmers can recover 50% of the cost of cubicle lime as a source of agri lime. Through its high neutralising value, our cubicle lime will improve slurry quality, providing further benefits to farmland. It also stays in suspension within slurry.

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY…

 “Since switching to Bennettsbridge Limestone’s cubicle lime 6 years ago, we have seen some fantastic on farm results. The cubicle shed is a lot cleaner now and the cows are in better condition and much easier to milk. The product has allowed us to reduce our somatic cell count from 250 to 120 and we have seen a significant drop in cases of mastitis.”

Andrew Leeson, Dairy Farmer, Co. Kilkenny 

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CUBICLE LIME – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

  • The self-weight of lime causes it to compact over time. This product should be applied in a light and aerated state. To make the lime light before use – stir, agitate and aerate the amount of lime needed before use.
  • Cubicle beds should be cleaned and limed twice a day and passages should be scraped at least four times a day or as often as necessary to keep clean.
  • Directly apply cubicle lime as needed onto clean cubicles.
  • Wear protective gloves / eye protection / dust mask.
  • As a general guide, apply 300g – 500g per cubicle per day.
  • In practice, usage rates vary widely across dairy farms.
  • Keeping moisture off the cubicle mat is critical, so cubicle design and passage scraping impact how much lime you need to use.
  • Our Hydrated lime blends are a combination of hydrated lime (pH of 12.4) and powdered limestone (pH 8.4).
  • The stronger the hydrated lime blend, the longer it will sustain pH levels of treated areas for lasting animal protection. Keeping moisture off the cubicle mat is critical, therefore cubicle design and passage scraping will play a big role.
  • Factors to consider are, how often you lime the cubicles, how much cubicle lime you apply each time, how well designed your cubicles are to keep faeces off etc.
  • Manual handling can also influence your decision. Hydrated lime is lighter than powdered limestone so it takes less effort to apply the stronger blends, if using a bucket and scoop.
  • Cows teats can be sensitive to the hydrated lime so a cautious approach to introducing the stronger hydrated lime blends is recommended.
  • Hydrated lime blends are not suitable as animal feed.
  • Our regular cubicle lime does not contain hydrated lime, is certified for animal feed and may be incorporated into cows diet. Consult your animal nutritionist for dosage advise.
Any type of cubicle lime can be damaging to your health, therefore it is essential to follow the below guidelines:

  • Wear a pair of safety goggles and a face mask when spreading it to avoid lime getting into your eyes and inhaling it.
  • Milking gloves will protect your hands and help avoid the lime coming into contact with your skin.
  • Use a scoop or a handheld sieve to lime the cubicles.
  • The design of the cubicle can also make a big difference when it comes to hygiene. The brisket board should be on, or just above the mat to stop the cow from lying too far up the cubicle and to keep her rear end just off the back of the mat.
  • Due to how finely ground it is, 1 ton of cubicle lime is equivalent to 2 ton of quarry agri lime, meaning for every bag of cubicle lime you use you recover c. €50 as agri lime through your slurry.
  • Unlike many limestone products, our cubicle lime has no sediment build up in tanks.

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