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Hear what one producer has to say about the performance of Dual Chamber Cow Waterbeds in his dairy barn. 
DCC Waterbeds | Feel the Difference

“Research shows that for every inch that the sand is not level, there is a 10-minute reduction in lying time,” said hoof trimmer Allen Schlabach in a recent article in Progressive Dairyman. “So if sand is only added every two to three days and not groomed in between, we can soon accumulate 20 minutes to a half-hour less time spent lying down.”

This is why researchers encourage producers to level and top up stalls 2.5 times per day. But back to reality – grooming, leveling, and bedding 2.5 times per day is a large job, and sometimes it just doesn’t get done during busy times. 

When Rick Conrad of Ohio used deep-bedded sawdust, he noted that the consistency of the stalls was causing cow comfort issues.

“Now, [with DCC Waterbeds] almost 100% of the stalls are in excellent condition all of the time, whereas before there were always a few stalls that became undesirable to lay in and we had to do more maintenance,” he said.

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Farmer Profile:
Van Loon Dairy, Oregon

In January 2012, the Van Loons installed DCC Waterbeds in a portion of their 300+ stalls to see how well they would work on their farm. After testing the waterbeds for six months, the family was impressed with the benefits in terms of decreases in hocks lesions and decided to equip the rest of their stalls with the dual-chamber waterbeds.
 
“Since then, we've seen some benefits on the health side, like lower somatic cell counts and less cases of mastitis, so it's a bonus,” Ben Van Loon said. “We also never see a cow stuck underneath the stall because they use to be able to dig out the bedding,” he says. “We had a few of those before – things like this that we don't see anymore are a real positive.”

Van Loon expects the waterbeds to pay for themselves in three years. With DCC Waterbeds, he has seen cost savings in not having to purchase the grass seed byproduct and sawdust mixture for bedding. He has also seen time savings in not having to put out the bedding and scraping the alleyways as often because the cows kick out the bedding.

Read more about Van Loon Dairy | This article appeared in the October 30, 2012 Progressive Dairyman Extra e-newsletter. See other featured articles at: http://bit.ly/103012_PDExtra.

Five reasons NOT to buy DCC Waterbeds

We sell DCC Waterbeds because we believe in them. We know they’re comfortable and our customers are saving time and money once they make the switch. But we also know that bedding is part of a total farm management system, so they might not make sense for you.
 
We thought we would take a second to stop and think about why you shouldn’t install DCC Waterbeds. We've come up with five reasons. 

Here is one reason: 

You have installed a new sand bedding system and your sand supply is free or cheap

Your system is set up for sand – you have the machines to move it into the barn and out of the manure system, you have the staff to maintain the stalls properly to prevent bacterial growth, you’ve built separating lanes, a sand-ready manure pit, and bought a separator system. It is working. Your cows are comfortable. You are happily getting a return on the investments.

At this point, the expense of sand bedding (sand costs, equipment capital, repairs, fuel, labor) is something you’re prepared to pay as part of your cow comfort system.


When you might consider a change:

  • Your equipment ages and needs replacing
  • You cannot hire reliable labor or wages increases
  • Your cost for materials (diesel fuel, water, electricity, sand) increases

We hope you’ll consider DCC Waterbeds when you’re looking for a change and talk to one (or a dozen) of farmers who have made the switch, like Kalvin Imhoff of Goshen, Indiana.

Are you curious about the others? Click here to read all five. 

Robots love
DCC Waterbeds!  

In December alone, we heard about three more installations where the robots and DCC Waterbeds have been  installed together - Haasen (Ontario), Elgersma (British Columbia), and Moenk (Iowa). 

Why? Because robots and DCC Waterbeds work great together. The cows can be cows with no maintenance in the barn and no set milking times with the robots, no additional bedding and no milking parlor help reduce labor, and robots and DCC Waterbeds are long-term investments. Learn more

Wisconsin farm on TV (again)!

The Lepple Dairy of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has plenty to be proud of. Their beautiful facility full of DCC Waterbeds was on CNN with our CEO, Dean Throndsen, this year, and now they've made the news yet again. Check out the report by Green Bay's crack ag news team here

Your installation questions answered

Installing DCC Waterbeds doesn't require specialized technicians or equipment. To help you both figure out what to order and how to get it in the barn the right way, we've created a complete Measuring Guide and an Installation Guide for your reference. Additionally, we've put together a video to give you a quick idea of how easy it is to get DCC Waterbeds in your barn. If you have questions about measurement and installation, contact us today! 

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