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Comparing the Different Types of Equine Bedding

Comparing the Different Types of Equine Bedding

By on Jan 17, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

We all love getting our 40 winks, and our horses are no different. If you really care about your horses, investing in the best equine bedding is a no brainer. There is a variety of different horse beddings on the market from traditional favourites such as shavings and straw to alternatives such as cardboard and hemp. For our latest blog, we are going to discuss the different choices, and which would be best for you and your horses. Four Different Choices of Equine Bedding Straw – Straw is one of the cheapest options but it is bulky and can smell, with your yard quickly resembling a compost heap. Straw also harbours fungus which can be dangerous for your horse’s respiratory system plus your horse might also eat their own bed. Shavings – Shavings are now the most commonly used horse bedding. Here at P.H Winterton, we offer three types of bedding, which can match your budget and quality requirements. Our Cheshire Choice bedding is our premium brand that is extremely durable with superb absorbency qualities. Economy Bale bedding is our budget range that is a mix of hardwood and softwood which makes it easy to cleanout. Zebra Fibre bedding is the recent addition to our catalogue, which is available in 48-60 bales per pallet and all-weather storage bags. Paper and Cardboard – Usually sold in compacted bales. When it’s time to clear the paper from your yards it is heavy to lift when wet though. Hemp – Hemp is a quite expensive material for bedding and is designed for use as a thick bed which isn’t intended to be disturbed at any time. Based on this evidence we would definitely recommend using shavings as your equine bedding solution. Want to Know More? Contact Us Today If you want to know more about P.H Winterton’s range of horse bedding and place an order, please get in touch...

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Sawmill Waste Collection for South Wales and Beyond!

Sawmill Waste Collection for South Wales and Beyond!

By on Jan 2, 2020 in Blog, Sawmill Waste Collection |

Here at P.H Winterton, we are firm believers using potentially waste materials to create high-quality products such as equine bedding. Our sawmill waste collection service stretches right across the country and is extremely popular in South Wales with clients in areas such as Cardiff, Gwent and Newport. If you’ve never considered using your sawmill waste, here’s the simple process – • Give P.H Winterton a call and we can arrange a trailer for you fill up with your sawmill waste, which when ready can be transported back to our premises and used for products including animal bedding and biomass fuel. For over 60 years, this has been one of our flagship services, but in recent years given the demand for renewable energy sources, we have expanded our portfolio to also provide biomass fuel to customers. Why Biomass Fuel is So Important Biomass fuel is a renewable energy source that can be used to small groups of homes, large individual houses, schools and glasshouses plus poultry huts. In 2014 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the UK Government introduced the Renewable Heating Incentive which offered savings on heating people or businesses who could demonstrate the use of renewable energy sources. To this end, the Biomass Supplier List was devised, a U.K wide listing of all providers of biomass fuel, with P.H Winterton and Son the flagship company for the West Midlands and beyond. Turning Waste into Renewable Fuel P.H Winterton and Son are well-equipped to deal with any demands for sawmill waste, with a fleet of 10 trucks and three vans ready and waiting to collect your joinery waste. We have options available for both small and large joinery outfits with a 20-foot hook-lift filter skip for smaller firms and a 20-foot open-top waste skip for off-cuts wood chips, pallets and general waste. Want to Find Out More? Contact Us Today If you would like to know more about P.H Winterton’s sawmill waste collection service, please get in touch...

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Make Biomass Fuel Your New Year’s Resolution

Make Biomass Fuel Your New Year’s Resolution

By on Dec 20, 2019 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions, and we have got one that you can keep more years to come! While many resolutions are broken within days of the New Year, choosing a renewable energy source like biomass fuel from P.H Winterton will have a positive environmental impact and mean you can keep this resolution for years to come. Fuelling the Future If you’ve never used biomass energy before, here’s some more information. As a heating resource biomass fuel is extremely competitive with natural gas, with applications including: • Heating Small Groups of Houses • Large Individual Houses • Schools • Glasshouses (where heat isn’t readily available) Biomass boilers do vary in their tolerance of wet fuel, with the majority running efficiently on chips with a moisture content higher than 30%. Combustion takes place in the following stages, which can also occur simultaneously: Warming and Drying – Warming and drying woodchips has several advantages including preservation, an increase in heating value weight reduction. Pyrolysis – The thermal decomposition of materials at high temperatures in an inert atmosphere; which involves a change of chemical composition that’s irreversible. Gasification – Converting organic or fossil fuel-based carbonaceous materials into hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Power derived from gasification of the resultant gas is one source of renewable energy which is obtained from biomass. Combustion of Gases – Biomass fuels emit carbon dioxide when the carbon reacts with oxygen during combustion, which is because the biomass has absorbed the carbon from the CO2 in the atmosphere during its growth. The combustion of biomass is also considered to be CO2 neutral. Want to Know More? Get in Touch P.H Winterton and Son are proud to be part of the Government’s Biomass Fuel Supplier List, which was introduced in April 2014 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This allows participants of the Renewable Heating Incentive to easily demonstrate to Ofgem that the fuel they are using in biomass boilers meets the sustainability criteria to claim their RHI payments. If you would like to know more about our biomass fuel, please contact us...

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Prepare for London Olympia Show with Quality Equine Bedding

Prepare for London Olympia Show with Quality Equine Bedding

By on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

The equestrian market is getting an early Christmas present, with the fantastic London Olympia horse show just a few days away. P.H Winterton and Son are proud to be sponsors of this illustrious event plus the Royal Windsor Horse Show. For competitors in the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National, the best way to ensure your horse is fully prepared is investing in some of P.H Winterton’s high-quality equine bedding. This race holds all the excitement of a horse race on a smaller scale, with Shetland ponies and riders racing around the arena at a fast and furious pace; making it a highlight of Olympia. Highlights of the London Olympia Show Here are some of the other highlights of the London Olympia show – Dressage – At Olympia, there are two dressage competitions; the Grand Prix and Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Freestyle to Music, the riders choose the music, choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. Competitors are also evaluated for technical skill and artistic performance. One of the most important things with regards to the artistic part is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music. Show Jumping – Considered the most important show jumping event at Olympia is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Leg which takes place on Saturday afternoon. The Cayanne Puissance on Wednesday is also very fun with horses challenged to jump higher and higher. The Christmas Finale – Every year the Olympia finale is created for children of all ages with a bit of singing, a bit of dancing and a very special guest… A New Brand of Equine Bedding Recently, P.H Winterton has started stocking Zebra Fibre animal bedding, which can be used for cattle and horse bedding. With excellent absorbency qualities, Zebra Fibre means minimal risk of abrasions for your animals. We stock Zebra Fibre bedding in 48-60 bales per pallet and store it in all-weather bags ready for purchase. Want to Find Out More? Contact Us Today If you’d like to know more about all of our equine bedding products, please get in touch today. The London Olympia Show 2019 takes place between 16th and 22nd...

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Sawmill Waste Collection with Joineries Everywhere

Sawmill Waste Collection with Joineries Everywhere

By on Dec 2, 2019 in Blog, Sawmill Waste Collection |

The reason why Weston Sawmill’s sawmill waste collection service has proved so successful is the number of relationships we have established with joinery firms all over the country. Our premises are based in Staffordshire, but our service stretches as far south as Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire plus spots in Cornwall and Dover. Chopping Away at the Competition One of our long-standing clients is Chipmunk South West Bulk, based in Taunton in the south-west of England. Having been in business for over 35 years, Chipmunk specialises in manufacturing high-quality wood-based products such as animal and cubicle bedding, riding and turnout surfaces plus biomass fuel and horticulture products for the peat manufacturing trade. P.H Winterton’s tipper units are 140 cubic yards, making them similar to walking bulk trays and able to carry a large amount of sawmill waste from sites. For smaller joinery outfits, we offer a 20-foot open-top waste skip for off-cuts, wood chips, pallets and general waste. We get calls from joineries all the time and bring one of our tipper units to their site to be filled and then returned to us for biomass fuel and animal bedding. P.H Winterton is always looking to become more environmentally friendly, which is the reason all of our vehicles are tracked to reduce fuel consumption, where possible. We are also actively looking at ways to reduce or plastic and energy use in all operations. Why We Use Sawmill Waste for Biomass Fuel All of the timber we use for biomass fuel is A-grade, meaning it has no contaminants; making it very popular for heating chicken houses plus heating buildings and warehouses and drying products such as timber. Want to Know More? Contact Us Today If you would like to know more about our sawmill waste service and book a collection today; get in touch...

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How to Keep Your Chickens Warm this Winter

How to Keep Your Chickens Warm this Winter

By on Nov 15, 2019 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

With winter well on the way, finding ways to protect your flock from the elements can be challenging – especially for smallholders who don’t farm poultry on a larger scale. One of the most innovative ways to keep your chickens warm is by heating the chicken houses with P.H Winterton’s brand of biomass fuel. We offer two grades of biomass fuel, P16 grade and P35 grade, with the only difference being the size of wood chips used to create the fuel. In our latest blog, we are also going to share some handy tips you can use to complement using our biomass fuel. Happy Chickens will Keep Laying Eggs It’s true that chickens are hardy birds and if they aren’t warm enough, they will stop producing eggs, with weaker members of the flock becoming sick; which can be harder to recover from in colder weather. Here is some advice to ensure your birds are protected from the colder weather – Minimise Drafts – Wind chill can increase heat loss from your coop, and if it is more than five years old there are chances that parts have started to rot and will need repairing. The cheapest way to repair holes is to use cut-to-measure plywood over holes. Keep Coop Well Ventilated – You shouldn’t have any large holes in the coop, as this will reduce airflow too much. This could lead to serious issues such as ammonia build-up. Placing vents towards to the top of the coop, as this will vent out the warm, moisture-laden air and replace it with cooler, drier air that keeps humidity down and prevent mould from growing in the chicken bedding. Your mesh vent should have a hatch that you are able to open and close that will properly vent the coop during the day and close it up in the evenings when it’s colder – especially during heavy rain. Frostbite Protection – During cold months and freak weather, breeds with large combs and wattles are more susceptible to frostbite. Give your chickens extra protection by covering their combs and wattles in petroleum jelly that keeps off the worst of the cold. Find out more about Biomass Fuel P.H Winterton and Son are part...

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