It is that time of the year again. From the 15th March 2022; the four day extravaganza formerly known as the Cheltenham race festival will begin. The hotly anticipated annual event culminates in the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is on the final day of the much beloved festival. Whilst many of us will be more concerned about whether or not our chosen horse wins; there will be a few of us closely analysing one of the secret components to race day success, that of course being comfy and stable equine bedding and quality sawdust shavings. Last year, we covered how the Cheltenham festival would be different in many ways. But you will be happy to know that the festival will be returning to a much more traditional format in this year’s edition. While there have been various changes to the format, one feature that has never changed is the fact that equine bedding remains one of the most effective ways to ensure victory at this year’s Cheltenham festival. Maximising Sporting Performance When it comes to any sport, rest and recuperation is of paramount importance when it comes to maximising overall sporting performance. As we have previously alluded to; having quality bedding can be the easiest and arguably the most effective way to accomplish this. Studies have shown that horses require the REM phase of sleep to ensure high quality rest and therefore better sporting performance to enable race day victory. You might have already guessed that fresh clean horse bedding is the easiest way to help your horse get the recommended rest and recuperation. Accompanying the ever increasing need for quality rest; is the fact that the horse racing calendar is particularly gruelling and tiring. Jockeys and race horses undertake extremely long and high pressure races meaning it is even more important for your horse to rest. Horse Shavings in Staffordshire A key element of any quality horse bedding is, of course, horse shavings. At P.H. Winterton, we offer quality sawdust horse shavings in Staffordshire which become even more relevant during the Cheltenham race week. Many horse owners opt to have just rubber mats for their beloved horse to lie on. However, this can not only be to the...Read Moreabout Equine Bedding: The Secret to Cheltenham Success?
We have very recently covered why it is important to provide your cows with comfy and sufficient bedding. So, we thought why not do the same for your horses. Let’s look at some of main advantages of high quality horse bedding in Derbyshire. You would make sure that your bedding is clean and comfy wouldn’t you? So why should this be any different for horses? Horses don’t naturally need soft and comfy bedding, however, at PH Winterton being a provider of high quality horse shavings in Staffordshire we argue that ensuring you have adequate equine bedding is of the utmost importance. So we would like to highlight a few reasons why you should pay particular attention to your horse’s sleeping arrangements. Genuine Comfort We start off with arguably the most obvious reason to provide your horses with high quality bedding, for their comfort. Shavings in particular act as a barrier protecting your horse from the cold hard floor when they are lying down. Accompanying this is the fact that your horse is a lot more likely to lie down when they have comfortable and clean bedding available. Encouragement is key in this regard. If your horse has been on their hooves all day they still might lie down to get their recommended shut ye and get their recommended shut eye. This rings especially true if the bedding looks dirty or uncomfortable. As any dedicated horse owner will tell you, you do not want a tired and unhappy horse. Support Whilst Standing Did you also know that horse bedding can support your horse even whilst standing. The support and stable footing they offer to your horse drastically reduces the chances of injuries such as capped hocks or elbows. They also allow your horse ample room to stand up in their stables with slipping over which could result in a twist ankle or horrible injury. Absorbing Moisture One of the primary reasons to install horse shavings for your horse’s bedding. Your horse’s stall can very quickly become a rather damp and wet place. This is especially true during the winter months when the UK can see an over abundance of rain and storms. Luckily, horse shavings can absorb a lot of...Read Moreabout Do You Need Horse Bedding in Derbyshire?
Biomass fuel in Staffordshire promises to be very important in 2022. Back in 2016, the UK government announced the new green deal in a plan to drastically reduce the UK’s carbon footprint towards a more general push to be environmentally aware. Accompanying this is the four year plan announced by Staffordshire county council in late 2021. The plan details a number of measures we can take to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the ever increasing threat of climate change. A key goal of the aforementioned plan is to have a net 0 carbon emissions by 2025. Part of the plan includes transferring all council owned cars to electric models and increasing the awareness of tree planting. This plan underpins the general push to be more environmentally friendly in the county. At PH Winterton, we would like to highlight a very effective way of reducing our carbon footprint in Staffordshire, this being the use of biomass fuel. We are proud to be on the approved biomass fuel supplier’s list from the UK government. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few key features of why biomass fuel is important and how it can help reduce carbon emissions. Biomass Fuel vs Fossil Fuels It might go without saying but biomass fuels are a fantastic alternative to fossil fuels when it comes to reducing our environmental impact. It is reported that biomass fuel produces 93% more reusable energy compared to fossil fuel. Furthermore, on a slightly separate note but no less relevant, biodiesel reduces GHGs by 41% compared to typical diesel. We believe these facts are sufficient to showcase that bioenergy is a fantastic alternative to traditional fuel types. P16 & P35 Here at PH Winterton we offer two main types of biomass fuel; that being p16 and p45. Biomass fuel p16 which is smaller size wood chippings and p35 which is grade of wood with no contaminants present. Accompanying this is the quality supply of biomass fuel p16 in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and other local areas. So why don’t you get in contact with the largest supplier of biomass fuel p35 in Staffordshire. Reliability One of the key questions asked is whether biomass fuel is reliable? Accompanying these are...Read Moreabout Why Choose Biomass Fuel in Staffordshire?
Part of your new year’s resolution might have been to get a better night sleep. You might have done this by gracefully managing your sleeping arrangements. Should this be any different for your animals? We have recently touched on the importance of providing high quality equine bedding for your horses. So, why don’t we look at the importance of your quality cubicle bedding. Statista have advised that the amount of milk consumed by the British people has only increased year by year. Research conduct suggests that over 15 billion litres of milk were produced in 2021 alone to help satisfy the ever increasing demand. This perfectly illustrates the need to pay particular attention to your cattle’s wellbeing this coming year as we can only expect milk production to increase. Being an established company providing high quality cubicle bedding in Staffordshire, we have collected quite the plethora of information. We pride ourselves on ensuring your animal bedding is up to the best possible standard. Comfortable Bedding A commonly cited fact is that cows spend over 14 hours a day lying down. If your cows could tell you anything, we are pretty sure they would tell you they would love comfortable bedding. A run of cubicle bedding is designed to maximise comfort. This is evident by the fact that cubicle beds allow for ample sleeping space and the handy ability to lunge forward as they rise for feeding purposes. Alongside the fact that by providing them with one of our industry leading cubicle beds to maximise their comfort. This can also lead to increased milking production as lying down more comfortably helps blood circulation. Preventing Diseases Cattle are susceptible to a vast selection of diseases. These diseases include, but are not limited to: Babesiosis, Clostridiosis and Mastitis. Research has found that one of the most effective ways to to prevent these diseases is by providing your cows with clean top quality bedding. Agri-Dust & Agri-Soft Dust When improving your cow’s bedding arrangements you might want to consider what they are lying on. We have already advised that using inadequate soft dust can cause abrasions in your cow’s udder which will drastically affect your cow’s health. Luckily, we have two fantastic offerings...Read Moreabout Why Cubicle Bedding is Important in 2022
The temperatures have started to drop and winter is truly on its way, but what does this mean for our horses? As the leading provider of equine bedding across the country, PH Winterton understands the importance of keeping your horses healthy during the colder months of the year. For our latest blog, we will share some essential winter care tips to help you get through without any issues. Do daily routines change? It is common practice to turn horses out all summer and then stabling them during the winter, which represents a substantial change in their diet and management. We would advise completing this gradually over 10-14 days to help prevent colic. Start this change by bringing your horse in for a few hours a day with hay then slowly increase the amount of time to help avoid sudden disruptions to their routine i.e being out all the time to being based in a stable for a large chunk of the day. With reduced daylight hours and poor weather, it can be challenging to maintain your horse’s fitness with some owners deciding to give horses a rest period at this time or riding less. What are winter ailments for horses? The winter months can increase the risk of your horse developing conditions such as mud fever and rain scald due to wet and muddy conditions. Mud fever explained Mud fever is usually caused by bacteria and can be common in winter when horses are exposed to persistent wet, muddy conditions. Wet conditions will cause the skin to soften and mud rubs against this softened skin which causes damage to the surface where bacteria can enter. What is rain scald? Rain scald is a non-contagious skin condition caused by the same bacteria as mud fever. Scabs form in places along the horse’s neck, back and hindquarters instead of the lower legs. Why is high-quality equine bedding so important? One of the most important parts of keeping your horses happy during winter, and any other time of the year, is giving them the best equine bedding to rest on. PH Winterton offers three different kinds of horse bedding to suit all customer requirements. These include our premium brand Cheshire Choice, our...Read Moreabout How Equine Bedding Helps Horses During Winter
Converting to bulk rather than bagged horse shavings bedding is one way that stables can save on expenses. It can feel like you are throwing money away with bagged bedding, as you you have to buy the bedding plus the expense of cleaning it and then disposing of it. When buying bags of bedding this can add up fast, whereas bulk buying can save on expenses. Bulk horse shavings have a smaller price tag because of the economies of scale. Since bulk materials arrive loose, either in a trailer or the back of a dump truck, there is no plastic waste. Stables focused on environmental impact can use bulk products to help cut down on non-recyclable plastic. Reliable supplier of horse shavings Find a reliable supplier (such as PH Winterton) is the key to success with bulk bedding. Once you decide to bulk buy bedding you will need a place to store it. This could be a designated shed, a corner of the arena, underneath a lean-to or in a covered trailer that is used to pick up the bedding are all common choices. Ensure you pick a spot that is out of the weather and convenient to use so that it is not a battle at chore time. PH Winterton sources a number of our horse bedding products from sawmill waste collections, which can also be used for biomass fuel. Not only are sawdust and shavings useful for the maintenance of livestock, but they can also be used to make sawdust mulch. The sawdust is mixed with compost or grass clippings to produce a mulch that is extremely effective for acid-loving plants and helps your plants prosper. Contact us with any questions If you have any questions about equine bedding, please do not hesitate to get in touch with PH Winterton now. Our horse bedding products are available to customers across the country including deliveries to Worcestershire and...Read Moreabout Why should I buy horse shavings in bulk?