Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Alternative bedding materials may be a necessity for livestock producers when small grain straw is in short supply. If handled properly, almost any kind of fibrous material can be effective bedding. However, the method of manure handling and storage, and overall livestock health may restrict the use of certain bedding materials. The approximate water absorbing capacities, the number of pounds of water absorbed per pound of dry bedding (typically 10 %), are shown in the following table.
Pohl, Steve, "Alternative Bedding Materials" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 7.