GEM Premiere White Shavings
are the most absorbent shavings on the market.
In addition, they also have several additional beneficial qualities.
are a mix of approximately 80% kiln-dried (kd) Western Hemlock and 20% kd
And no, the Western Hemlock tree is not related to the poisonous
The Western Hemlock is a coniferous softwood (evergreen) tree that is a
predominant species in the forests of western Washington, Oregon and British
Western Hemlock is the preferred softwood for making high quality paper
in the Northwest, and it also makes a superior bedding material.
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.
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