When it comes to creating a warm, comfortable living environment for your livestock, wood shavings are the way to go. However, when shopping around, you’ll likely come across two kinds – screened and unscreened wood shavings.

If you’re a livestock owner in this position and are uncertain about the difference between the two and which option is the best for your livestock, keep reading to learn the answers.


Wood Shavings: Unscreened vs. Screened

Unscreened shavings are wood shavings that come straight from the lumber mill and are not processed. These shavings vary in size and texture, are often very dusty and dirty, and may contain debris mixed in.

Screened wood shavings have gone through a process to clean them up and make them softer, more uniform in size and less dusty. The screening process eliminates dirt and debris and produces a higher-quality wood shaving product.


How Does the Screening Process Work?

At Klassen Wood Company, we use state-of-the-art machinery to process our wood shavings. We filter them through a screen to achieve a smooth, soft, uniform wood product. Our screens are carefully chosen to provide your wood shavings with maximized loft, absorption and coverage.


Which One Is Better?

The answer to this question depends on what you intend to use wood shavings for. If you are using wood shavings as bedding for your livestock or another purpose involving animals, screened wood shavings are a better option. That’s because they are:

  • Softer
  • More hygienic
  • More comfortable for animals to sleep on
  • Less dusty
  • A premium product

Unscreened shavings are unsuitable for livestock bedding because they can contain harmful debris and dust that may cause respiratory issues. Furthermore, they are less hygienic than screened wood products.

Unscreened shavings are most suitable to be used as:

  • Mulch in gardens
  • Compost material
  • Firestarter
  • Material to absorb spills
  • Weed killer


Klassen Wood Company Is Fraser Valley’s Leading Wood Shaving Supplier

If you are a livestock owner in the Fraser Valley and looking for a premium-quality, unscreened wood shaving product, look no further than Klassen Wood Company.

We produce the highest quality all-natural wood shavings. Our animal shavings are kiln-dried, heat-treated and screened to ensure they are free from:

  • Mould
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Harmful contaminants



Contact us at 604.359.8855 or complete our online form for more information or to get a quote.