If you have a friend or relative with breathing or respiratory problems like asthma, you may know the many other problems this can create. Our horses are no different. Since horses will browse for food on the ground, eating hay that falls onto their bedding is natural. Inhaling dust that may be laying among the shavings or created from the horse grinding the bedding to dust can be a common problem. The shavings we supply to large veterinary hospitals are selected specifically to minimize any new problems the veterinarian might introduce to the animal while in his hospital. Your local animal hospital sees a horse that already has some problems and they do not want to cause breathing trouble on top of other medical issues.
The numbers meaningful to you tells how many cubic feet of shavings will be seen when dumped out of the bag. The words can vary but most often the bag will say "UNCOMPRESSED, OPEN,or EXPANDED" as the number of cubic feet of usable shavings in the bag or bale. So, a "3.25 cubic foot (CF) compressed bale with 12 cubic foot expanded" bale of shavings tells me we have 12 cubic feet of shavings I can use to bed my stall.
Bales are shipped from our facility in 28’ or 53’ trailers. Bales are hand stacked or palletized for your convenience. Thanks to our good relationships with trucking companies, we schedule deliveries when customers want them. If something occurs that could cause a delay, we call our customer immediately. On-time delivery is important to us, and we’ll do all we can to make sure your shipments are timely.
If you have the use of a forklift or large tractor with forks, palletized loads can save you labor in the unloading process. When you do not have the equipment to handle pallets we will not send your load on pallets. Renting a forklift just for the unload of your shavings may cost more than having your barn staff do the unloading and stacking.
Your order with JTS can be delivered in as few as two to three days depending on your location. When we can save you money by shipping with a carrier that will take several days longer, we will - but only after you approve any alternate shipping method.
If we shopped around and bought from whatever mill had a surplus that week, our customers would never know what to expect. So we buy from the same mills, week in and week out. That assures a dependable, consistent product you can always rely on. Many mills and shops use wood products that may not be safe for your animal to be close to. Walnut, maple and cherry are a few woods that can be harmful to horses.
Let's compare air dry to Kiln Dried shavings and High temperature Heat driers (up to 800 degrees) Kiln Drying * - Wet green lumber is put into a kiln - dried to about 7% moisture content, then planed, these dried shavings from mills will break down fast can be very dusty. High Temperature Heat driers * - Take green shaving of 45-50% moisture content is dried down to 12% or less. The Burner runs off waste from drier and this waste produces dryer temperatures of 600 to 800 degrees. Shavings can easily "over dry" and become as brittle as the Kiln Dried shavings. JTS Custom Air dry process * - Takes months, this is a long process but better end result - Shavings not dusty, don't break down as fast, and yet still very absorbent - We were all setup to install drier but thought it better to make the best product we can. Kiln and heat dried shavings are brittle and begin to break down into dust once your horse walks on them. Many horses that pace in their stalls can grind a stall full of heat/kiln dried bedding to powder in a day or two. At JTS the pine logs your shavings is made from is starred and monitored for a proper level of dryness before it is made into shavings. A hand full of kiln or heat dried shavings that you squeeze very tightly can will be turned to a mass of dust when you open your hand. Remember, your horse is constantly eating on the stall floor where this dust is laying. When you do this same test with JTS air dried shavings, after scrunching a handful or even grinding the JTS shavings on the floor with your shoe, you will see they still are shavings and not a dusty pile on your floor. To see how our shavings can stand up to this test, call for a sample bag and try this yourself.
What They Say
My laying hens much preferred JTS shavings over straw and other shavings. Highly recommend for all your large animal or small animal bedding needs.
Super absorbent, easy cleanup, great yield for the price, no dust and sneezing in the barn!
Jean S.Portland, OR
I drive almost 40 miles out of my way to buy these wood shavings from JTS Animal Bedding in Central Oregon. This product is far superior to others. There is a substantial amount of the product and it’s not dusty and covers far more area than other brands I have used.
Sandra DailyBend, OR
Friendly staff, great product great place to go for pine shavings