WOOD CHIP IS CLEAN
Not only does radiata pine smell fresh, it is naturally hygienic, much like a wooden chopping board that has a natural tannin to act as an anti-bacterial agent.
Counts of coliforms and environmental Streptococci in bulk tank milk are indicators of the quality of milking practices and milking equipment sanitation. Coliform counts in particular are often used to assess the effectiveness of cow preparation at milking time since the primary source of coliform bacteria is dirty teats.
Cleaner cows are easier to prepare prior to milking and are less susceptible to mastitis. Stall maintenance and speed of moving cows to the milking shed can influence cow hygiene.