We are often faced with producers trying to decide between DCC Waterbeds and a “top-of-the-line” flat cow mattress or mat that may quote up to $100 less per stall. Saving $100 per stall may look good at the time, but those “savings’ are quickly erased by cost of losing cow comfort.Read More
Well-managed sand stalls are comfortable for cows, we won’t argue that. But at what cost? We think we’ll be surprised to see how much the costs add up (especially over time), and hear first-hand from producers who switched from sand and didn’t lose production.
Everything that goes into your dairy system, must come out. For every ton of sand that you put in the free stalls, that same sand must come out. Setting aside the high cost of buying, moving, bedding, and removal of sand bedding (see next page for financial impact), the biggest cost of sand might involve what sand does to your soil over time.Read More
DCC Waterbeds are significantly less expensive than sand. We have produced a cost calculator to help producers fill in real farm data to determine just how much you could save by transitioning to DCC Waterbeds without losing production.Read More
“With just 180 cows we spent an hour every day unplugging sawdust from the manure stream with a fire hose. Now, with 280 cows and about 40 pregnant heifers, we never have to use the hose because there is hardly any sawdust in the system.”Read More
Low-maintenance and long life means major savings in operating costs. In fact, DCC Waterbeds are the least expensive bedding because of their 15-20 year life expectancy.
Fulwider, Wendy (2007). “Effect of stall base type on herd health, costs, and producer satisfaction.” Journal of Dairy Science. http://bit.ly/JDS2007.