1) How does the DCC Waterbed protect the cow’s pressure points? 

The dual-chamber design of a DCC Waterbed ensures that the front pillow is firm and full of water, so when the cow drops to her knees, they are supported in the descent. As she lies down, her body is cushioned by the rear bladder. Once down, her large surface area and weight increase the water pressure inside the bladder system, so her body weight then is distributed and her pressure points (knees, hocks, and udder) float.

The principles of floating the pressure points to help prevent abrasions, sores, and swelling are taken from the same principles used in the human medical setting. People who are bedridden lie in special beds, usually filled with air (as waterbeds are very heavy). Both air and water provide a floating effect, so the pressure points are suspended, helping prevent bedsores and tissue damage by promoting circulation and taking the weight off of sensitive joints. The DCC Waterbed works in the same way – floating the cow’s pressure points and protecting her tissue from damage.

2) Won’t the cows pop or tear DCC Waterbeds?

No. The 10 year warranty is testament to the strength and durability of the bed under normal use in a dairy barn. The warranty is six years in a tie-stall barn.

3) Do DCC Waterbeds have a top cover?

No. There is no additional top cover to wear out. DCC Waterbeds consist of a bladder system made from three layers of thick, vulcanized, rubber reinforced with nylon threads. The top surface has a tread imprint for traction.

4) What size do DCC Waterbeds come in?

DCC Waterbeds come in a variety of sizes to fit your breed – from 42” to 54” wide.  The 72” overall length can be adjusted to fit your need.

5) How are DCC Waterbeds installed?

DCC Waterbeds arrive from the factory in a roll. We unroll the beds on to the concrete underlay, cutting the roll to fit each platform.  They are fastened down into the concrete with stainless steel anchors, aluminum front strips and stainless steel end strips. They’re then filled with approximately 14 gallons of regular tap water and sealed with a three-part stainless steel closure. (See the installation video below.)

6) Do I have to put bedding on top of a DCC Waterbed?

It’s up to you. Approximately 20 percent of the farmers using DCC Waterbeds, use no additional bedding and report excellent cow comfort and low SCC. Other farmers use a small amount of sawdust, lime, straw, or other bedding. Overall, DCC Waterbeds will save you time and money by reducing your bedding and labor costs.

7) How do I clean DCC Waterbeds?

The convex nature of the beds causes liquid to run off the sides and into the alley, leaving the bed dry. The gentle movement of the bed breaks up and dries the manure, requiring very little cleaning.

8) Will DCC Waterbeds freeze in the winter?

Farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Canada, Montana, and even Scandinavia have DCC Waterbeds in their barns, and have no problems with freezing. The occupancy rate of DCC Waterbeds is high, and as the cow spends time lying down, she warms the rubber and the water inside the bed with her body heat.

9) But when I stand on it, I touch the bottom.

That’s true. When you stand on a DCC Waterbed, your feet, like the cow’s claws, will stand on approximately half-inch of rubber. This allows the cow stability as she climbs onto the bed. However, the dual-chamber design ensures that the front pillow is firm and full of water, so when she drops to her knees, they are supported in the descent. As she lies down, her body is cushioned by the rear bladder. Once down, her large surface area and weight increases the water pressure inside the bladder system, where her weight then is distributed and her pressure points (knees, hocks, and udder) float.

10) How will DCC Waterbeds affect my manure system?

DCC Waterbeds work well with all manure handling systems because there is little to no additional bedding needed – and therefore little to no foreign material in the manure stream to damage equipment. There is no need for sand separators, settling ponds, or other equipment.

11) Has there been any research done on the performance of DCC Waterbeds?

Yes. While Dr. Wendy Fulwider studied under world-renowned researcher and animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin at Colorado State University, her research on cow comfort and animal welfare was published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Additionally, a two year study on DCC Waterbeds is being conducted at the University of Kentucky-Lexington. Visit our website or contact us for more information on research that has been done on DCC Waterbeds.

12) Do any farms using robots have DCC Waterbeds?

DCC Waterbeds are in tie, parlor, and robot barns around the world. We are happy to provide the names and contact information for farmers who have similar situations to yours so you can talk directly to them to learn about their experiences.

13) I want to visit a farm with DCC Waterbeds.

That’s great! We practically require our potential customers to visit other farmers with DCC Waterbeds before making the investment. You can take our word on the performance of DCC Waterbeds, but we would rather you hear it directly from one of our users. Contact us at any time to set up a farm visit.

Dual Chamber Cow Waterbeds patented dual-chamber design provides invariable, stable cushion for cow descent each and every time she lies down. The water suspends the cow’s pressure points. The bed gently moves with her skin.

The benefits of DCC Waterbeds:

  • Prevent swollen hocks
  • Increase lying times
  • Provide consistent, dry bedding
  • Lower somatic cell count & no more mastitis
  • Easy to maintain
  • Smart investment
  • Long life expectancy
  • Compatible with technology

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Congratulations to VanLoon Dairy and Hesse & Sons Dairy for winning the 2014 Highest Overall Quality award from their co-op!

VanLoon Dairy has had their herd on DCC Waterbeds since 2012 and Hesse & Sons Dairy has had their herd on DCC Waterbeds for more than a decade!

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