Proven time and again

Cow comfort, cow comfort, and cow comfort are three top priorities for dairy farmers. DCC Waterbeds provide superior comfort, on par with sand bedding, as well as save farmers time and money - backed by research and on-farm experience.

Valacta (the Quebec version of DHI) independently tests cow beds for cow comfort, and in early 2016 they tested DCC Waterbeds ISO in a free stall and tie stall barn. The video shows that the DCC Waterbeds ISO and TS designs have the same knee impact performance as green pasture.

ACADEMIC INSTALLATIONS 

A number of prominent universities have installed DCC Waterbeds for their cow comfort and farm management benefits. If you would like to reach out to any of the schools' dairy science departments, please let us know. Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Delaware Valley College (PA), or University of Guelph (ON). 

COMFORT & DURABILITY CERTIFIED BY THE DLG

After months of rigorous testing, DCC Waterbeds have been awarded the DLG Technology and Farm Input Test Center’s DLG APPROVED seal for performance in cow comfort. The DLG delivers top-quality performance testing methodology recognized and trusted by the agriculture industry in Europe.

To view the complete test report, visit www.DLG.org/dcc-waterbed.html.


Research 

On Par with Sand Bedding

DCC Waterbeds protect the hocks. Ask any producer with DCC Waterbeds, or look at the research. DCC Waterbeds protect the hocks at a level on par with sand bedding. DCC Waterbeds float the cows’ pressure points, promote strong circulation to the udder and legs, and ensure consistent comfort every minute of every day.

Keeping Somatic Cell Count LOW

Connecting milk production with bedding type can be difficult as herds all produce at different levels based on their age, nutrition, genetics, and other factors. What we do know is the rubber surface of DCC Waterbeds helps prevent the growth of bacteria. This leads to reduced mastitis rates and a consistently low SCC. Low mastitis and low SCC indicate high milk quality and premiums you can count on. 

Culling Voluntarily Means More Control

DCC Waterbeds combine healthy cows, as evidenced by demonstrated low cull rates, as well as more 3+ lactation cows than rubber-filled mattresses and sand in this 2007 study. The longer you can keep a mature cow healthy, the stronger your milk production will be. 

Keeping Cows Healthier Longer

A strong indicator that a herd is at peak health can be pared down to just one metric: age. A herd of mature cows (4+ lactations) means more milk, more profits, and indicates herd health. Producers with DCC Waterbeds have the choice to cull cows when they want to, and not because they have to.

 


Fulwider, Wendy (2007). “Effect of stall base type on herd health, costs, and producer satisfaction.” Journal of Dairy Science. http://bit.ly/JDS2007.  // Organic Valley Stall Base Bulletin (2009) 

Additional Resources

Colorado State University Research

While Dr. Wendy Fulwider studied under world-renowned researcher and animal welfare expert, Dr. Temple Grandin, her research on cow comfort was published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

  • Published in the Journal of Dairy Science: “Influence of Free-Stall Base on Tarsal Joint Lesions & Hygiene in Dairy Cows,” (Fulwider, 2007) Article here: http://bit.ly/JDS2007.
  • “Effect of Stall Base Type on Herd Health, Costs, and Producer Satisfaction,” (Fulwider, 2007) Article found here: http://bit.ly/ASABE07.
  • “Effect of Stall Base Type on Dairy Cow Herd Health, Costs, Producer Satisfaction, Lameness, and Leg Lesions,“ (Fulwider, 2007) Article found here: http://bit.ly/CSU07

Consider the true cost of bedding

DCC Waterbeds provide comfort on par with sand bedding, but at a significantly lower cost.