Optimal production

For optimal milk productions cows require rest and quality feed. As many studies have borne out, milk production and vitality increase when the daily number of hours of lying down are also increased. The Dual Waterbed offers this possibility thanks to its unique design: a 2-compartment mattress with a water filling.

What causes bald and/or swollen heels

Unlike other mattresses, with a so-called solid filling, the Dual waterbed always returns to its original shape/position. Its liquid filling enables the mattress to fully adapt its shape to the cow’s body. This creates an even upward pressure which prevents pressure points from developing on the cow’s heels.

Pressure points caused by hard floors

If pressure points do develop because the floor beneath is too hard, blood circulation through the leg can end up being blocked around the heels. All the waste products which a milk cow carries in her blood accumulate in the heels and will generally lead to swelling.

Pressure point caused by heat

Solid rubber mats and/or mattresses containing insulating materials, often cause bald heels. Because the body heat of the cow cannot be drawn down to the cold floor beneath, the heels tends to become too warm. This causes the soft skin to lose its hair. Hairless skin is sensitive to damage, which means that accumulated dirt can also cause inflammation.

 


Analogy


When a person is bedridden for an extended period, a waterbed or air mattress is often used to prevent bedsores. This bed shapes itself to the contours of the patient’s body and distributes support evenly to prevent pressure points and/or skin irritations from developing. This is precisely the type of positive effect that a cow experiences when using the Dual Waterbed.


Cleaner and drier

Because the Dual waterbed’s returns to its rounded shape after use, urine and any leaked milk are able to run off. This greatly decreases the risk of infection, which in turn reduces the threat of mastitis considerably. Because the cubicle bed stays mostly dry, the savings on stable litter will be considerable. Less litter, less labour. 

Solid rubber mats and/or mattresses containing insulating materials, often cause bald heels. Because the body heat of the cow cannot be drawn down to the cold floor beneath, the heels tends to become too warm. This causes the soft skin to lose its hair. Hairless skin is sensitive to damage, which means that accumulated dirt can also cause inflammation.