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So. I have been dealing with mastitis in a doe..... for a month. I did send off a milk sample and got a prelim result. It is an ecoli related bug cannot remember the specific bug name. We are waiting for the sensitivity to come back to treat her again because today or tomorrow and pen g are not the thing to get rid of this mess.

The only thing we can think is from this dumb super wet then dry a week the super wet again messy weather. I clean the shavings on the floor daily and scrape the poop off the loft. Because nothing in my milking routine had changed and we have never had a mastitis problem before now. But i do not want to deal with this again. We have a loft it is wood. The barn is getting a power wash and disinfect this week.

So for the mats.... how to do clean yours? How often? Do you put down shavings or anything on top of them? Give me the low down on them please.
 

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Well I guess I am an oddball with how I take care of my barn. I have mats down over top a wood floor. I sweep the poop up daily with a dustpan. If the poop gets stomped in after a while I’ll scrub it with some water and EOs or thieves cleaner. Then I have litter boxes, I use the bottom of a large dog crate, some people like baby pools, and other people just like to selectively place bedding only in one corner for pee.

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Well I guess I am an oddball with how I take care of my barn. I have mats down over top a wood floor. I sweep the poop up daily with a dustpan. If the poop gets stomped in after a while I'll scrub it with some water and EOs or thieves cleaner. Then I have litter boxes, I use the bottom of a large dog crate, some people like baby pools, and other people just like to selectively place bedding only in one corner for pee.

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You are not an oddball, I do the exact same thing! We have mats (was a horse barn). In the summer, I use a broom and dust pan daily to get up all the poo and hay, and then I use their water bucket to rinse it out. In the winter I put lime, wood chips and straw and clean it out every week or two.
 

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You are not an oddball, I do the exact same thing! We have mats (was a horse barn). In the summer, I use a broom and dust pan daily to get up all the poo and hay, and then I use their water bucket to rinse it out. In the winter I put lime, wood chips and straw and clean it out every week or two.
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I have mats over a dirt floor. I top with a generous layer of shavings. I notice mine pee about in the same spot, so I get that up daily, and then pick up the poop. Seems to work well for me.
Do the mats ever get ammonia smell to them? What do you do for that? I would think the pourous of them would suck any liquid in them. :/
 

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Do the mats ever get ammonia smell to them? What do you do for that? I would think the pourous of them would suck any liquid in them. :/
No, not really. Been around horses forever and it's never been a problem there after years on the same mats and it's not like that for the goats either. They are very easily to clean.
 

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No, not really. Been around horses forever and it's never been a problem there after years on the same mats and it's not like that for the goats either. They are very easily to clean.
Thanks good to know!. I wasnt tryin be rude not askin you as well but i know your lil guys use their litter box... so i did not know if you knew that one.

Do you hose them down? Or only spot clean like it seems from your description of your set up? Paul and i talked about putting a drain in the back of the barn for hosing down.
 

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Like @NigerianDwarfOwner707 I use stall mats with no bedding for horses and goats, I just have to keep it clean. The reason is, some of mine like the taste of shavings. My stall mats are 4'x3', so periodically I can drag them out and spray them down with a hose. Since your barn is being powerwashed, it sounds like you can do that inside. They are very water resistant and don't seem to absorb anything.
 

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Thanks good to know!. I wasnt tryin be rude not askin you as well but i know your lil guys use their litter box... so i did not know if you knew that one.

Do you hose them down? Or only spot clean like it seems from your description of your set up? Paul and i talked about putting a drain in the back of the barn for hosing down.
Haha no worries!! I answered because boy have I seen my fair share of poop and pee on rubber mats, LOL!!
 

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Like @NigerianDwarfOwner707 I use stall mats with no bedding for horses and goats, I just have to keep it clean. The reason is, some of mine like the taste of shavings. My stall mats are 4'x3', so periodically I can drag them out and spray them down with a hose. Since your barn is being powerwashed, it sounds like you can do that inside. They are very water resistant and don't seem to absorb anything.
Haha oh no. My barn does not have a drain right now. So it will be a muddy mess for a few days. I am hoping it will mainly be under the loft muddy though. The front of this barn is cattle paneled and open. We will see. Eep! I have another part of the barn (it is two barns in an L shape.. one old and one newish) that i can put the goats in til it dries good. I am gonna power wash it now because i am just not able to scrub scrub this one. My milk room i can but not the big barn.
 

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I don't ever hose my mats down. Took care of a barn of horses for many years and not once. Maybe I should have but horse stall mats are just meant to take the moisture.
They are. I love mine. I should add, My "barn" gets a lot of water in it when it rains, so the mats get pretty muddy and my floor is dirt so I don't want them sinking down and disappearing. If it was concrete and didn't flood, I don't think I would have to hose them off.
 

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Now that's the kind of stall to keep a goat in! Clydesdale proof! :heehee: sounds like you could market that. If if holds Clydesdales, it might hold goats, maybe!
I have mine in stalls - first built for my Clydesdales. And yes those horses can pee!!! I just put down enough shavings to absorb it and then clean daily - I now clean daily for my goats - just used to the routine after the horses.
 

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Thanks good to know!. I wasnt tryin be rude not askin you as well but i know your lil guys use their litter box... so i did not know if you knew that one.

Do you hose them down? Or only spot clean like it seems from your description of your set up? Paul and i talked about putting a drain in the back of the barn for hosing down.
I hose mine down once a month. I don't know how it works, but they are amazing and don't hold the smell. I really like them for kidding stalls because I can bleach them and feel I have a very clean birthing area.
 
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