GEM Premier White Shavings are a mix of approximately 80% kiln-dried (kd) Western Hemlock and 20% kd Douglas Fir. And no, the Western Hemlock tree is not related to the poisonous hemlock plant! The Western Hemlock is a coniferous softwood (evergreen) tree that is a predominant species in the forests of western Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Western Hemlock is the preferred softwood for making high quality paper in the Northwest, and it also makes a superior bedding material.
What makes Western Hemlock so good for bedding is that it contains no phenols! Phenols are 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 western hemlock shavings make an excellent soil amendment material.
Because Western Hemlock has no phenols, it has no scent. At GEM, we mix in some Douglas Fir to add a light fir scent. After GEM’s triple filtering process removes the vast majority of “fines” (wood dust), we compact and package the shavings into bales (approximately four cubic feet that will expand to approximately 10 cubic feet). In our mind, these shavings are the best bedding available.
GEM Premier White Shavings are available in farm, ranch, and pet stores throughout Washington, Oregon, California & Alaska. Please call, write or e-mail for the names of dealers or distributors near you. If our shavings are not available in your area, inquire about direct shipment. Dealer inquiries are welcome.
GEM Premier Shavings are available in farm, ranch, and pet stores throughout Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska. Please call, write or e-mail for the names of dealers or distributors near you. If our shavings are not available in your area, inquire about direct shipment. Dealer inquiries are welcome.