GEM Premier White Shavings are a mix of kiln dried Douglas fir and true firs.
What makes our Whites so good for bedding is that it contains almost no phenols! Phenols are the chemical compounds found in what we think of as “pitch” or resin. The absence of phenols provides three very important benefits:
- The shavings will absorb more fluids than other woods.
- The shavings are essentially a hypoallergenic bedding material (phenols are the main culprit of allergic reactions by animals to bedding).
- The shavings will break down into compost approximately 5 times faster than pine or other wood shavings. Thus, soiled white shavings make an excellent soil amendment material.
After GEM’s triple filtering process removes the “fines” (wood dust), we compact and package the shavings into bales approximately four cubic feet that will expand to approximately 12 cubic feet. In our mind, these shavings are the best bedding available.