Cost comparison of wood pellet bedding vs wood shavings.

Besides the obvious convenience of less stall maintenance and waste using wood pellets over
shavings there is the long term bedding cost. Although using wood shavings can be quicker and
cheaper to start a stall once the daily cost of replacing shavings, and disposing of them with manure is
factored in the savings disappear. 

Your horse and stalls require attention 365 days a year , make sure
you look at the long term cost of any wood bedding products and disposal.



Net cost of pellet bedding over shavings

Barefoot Bedding
Pellets Shavings
       Cost       Cost 
first week strip, clean stall and prepare with 8 bags  8 Bags at $6.50   $        52.00 5 bales at $5.50  $        27.50
second week no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additional bale  $          5.50
third week no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additonal bale   $          5.50
fourth week 1 additional bag   $          6.50 Strip, clean stall 6 bales  $        27.50
fifth week no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additional bale   $          5.50
sixth week no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additional bale   $          5.50
seventh week 1 additonal bag  $          6.50 Strip, clean stall 5 bales  $        27.50
eight week no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additional bale   $          5.50
ninth week  no additional bedding necessary  $               -   1 additional bale   $          5.50
             

Total Cost of Bedding

 $    65.00  $  115.50
$50 savings pellets vs shavings per 10 week cycle or $250 per year
Not included in calulations are additional labor to
strip stall 2 more times over 10 week period
Also not included is additional waste, handling and
disposal cost if under waste management plan