Water Bed & Cows?
A Water Bed & Cows Really? Unlike humans it seems that cows are not creatures of habit. Until recently most cows surveyed showed that the majority of dairy cows preferred a straightforward bed of hay or straw. Interestingly for these new-fangled progressive dairy cows, the latest craze seems to be a cow waterbed in their private stall. It appears that the cows’ owners are making the crucial renovations to sustain their “cash cows” saying it’s paying off in huge dividends.
Advanced Comfort Technology, Inc. redesigners of this one time hippie trend teams up with local merchants all over the world. They do service, sales, and even in-“stall”-ation of their crazed Dual Chamber Cow Comfort Cushion. Farmers who have tried the new cow waterbed system boast that their cattle are taking to the idea like flies to s#*t. Sorry moms and dads forgot we were blogging for a family friendly website.
So why the big cattle cry, well when we first saw the cows actually using the waterbeds we were completely shocked and full of “udder” disbelief. Like you our next thought was, what’s next in “stall” plasma TV’s so they could watch their favorite “moo” vies? The truth is that world wide farmers are discovering numerous benefits for their cattle and were not “milking” this story along. The numbers seem to speak for themselves with an increase of milk product of up around 10-15 percent.
Over the years many cattle related health issues have been blamed on stall accidents and injuries connected to their old places of rest. Other cases the losses can simply add up in less milk out put. This out of the ordinary waterbed remedy may not be the farmers or the cattle’s cure-all towards solving all their troubles, but it offers several herd-sized benefits, and who new it would come from the bed made of water?
The cow waterbed bladder is made with a durable vulcanized rubber and hold approx. 15 gallons of water. The typical human waterbed holds about 200 gallons of water. There is a reversible and cleanable lightweight matt used on the surface for traction, protection, and of course the cows comfort. The floating attributes of this durable but soft rubber surface helps to protect their hooves and knees when the cattle bed down for rest or sleep. The claim is that the reduction in veterinarian bills from the clumsy cows more than justifies the cost of in- “stall”-ation. The waterbeds possess unique pressure reduction capabilities not found in the average bail of straw for the livestock. Typically the cost of straw throughout the year is something that that can be sharply reduced with these new modern waterbeds.
The cow water beds are not heated but are installed on a concrete slab that maintains 45 degrees years round. Some farmers will use antifreeze or windshield washer fluid inside the water mattresses to prevent freezing of the mattresses located near exposed cold openings. The farmers claim that is that the reduction in veterinarian bills alone from clumsy cows more than justifies the cost of waterbed in- stall-ations.
Like every good chronicle we must now put our unusual “barnyard bed” bedtime story to pasture, you all come back now.
See the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU8_A_EIwAs
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Thanks for posting about DCC Waterbeds (a.k.a. waterbeds for cows)! You’re right it does seem like a crazy idea, but once you think about the concept of the cow floating on a cushion of water, talk to farmers who’s herd lies on them every day, and (if you’re lucky!) see them in a barn … you can see the difference. If you can’t get a barn, we have a YouTube site with farmers talking about their experiences and videos of the beds themselves: http://www.youtube.com/dccwaterbeds.
Please let me know if you have any questions – I love talking about DCC Waterbeds!