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Oregon farmer buys hundreds of waterbeds for his cows
Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/12 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 07/18/2012 2:17:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

At least four dairies in Oregon's Willamette Valley have bought into the "new thing" in dairy farming: buying waterbeds for their cows.

"There's four or five dairies in the Willamette Valley that have them. It's really beginning to catch on around here," Kevin Krous with NW Dairy Service told KGW

The cow waterbed trend reportedly first began in Minnesota but is now starting to catch on the West Coast. For example, the Van Loon Dairy has purchased more than 300 such beds for their cows, at a cost of more than $100,000.

"As the cow gets ready to lie down, water moves to the front bag where her knees will come first therefore cushion it more. Less sores, less cows being stuck. Happier cows, happier milk," said Ben Van Loon.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Food; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cows; farmer; minnesota; oregon; waterbeds

1 posted on 07/18/2012 2:17:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

No wonder the milk’s been foamy...


2 posted on 07/18/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: NormsRevenge

waterbeds leak


3 posted on 07/18/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like a plan that needs gubmint funding.

For sure.


4 posted on 07/18/2012 2:21:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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The cow waterbed trend reportedly first began in Minnesota but is now starting to catch on the West Coast.

(repressed snicker)


5 posted on 07/18/2012 2:23:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The beds must be superheavy duty but I would still expect blowouts,, talk about a major poop fest when one of them blew.. sounds like a risky scheme to me.. betcha they come with heaters,, I don;t know..


6 posted on 07/18/2012 2:26:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Do they have antifreeze?


7 posted on 07/18/2012 2:26:24 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

We need more USDApproved CHeese Stimulus .. thru technology.. did you know cows like to watch TV? Yeah, I saw a study somewhere. ;-]


8 posted on 07/18/2012 2:28:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
Contented cows need good rest, but don't forget about their recreational needs.


9 posted on 07/18/2012 2:29:31 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: NormsRevenge
Happy Milk, Really? Happy Milk?


I'm not touching that one.

10 posted on 07/18/2012 2:32:02 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: NormsRevenge

Next they wil be putting disco balls in the barns. Bulls wearing gold chains...soooo 70’s


11 posted on 07/18/2012 2:33:31 PM PDT by wyokostur
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d hate to have to clean those sheets.


12 posted on 07/18/2012 2:34:48 PM PDT by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: BykrBayb

OK, at first it looks really strange then you slowly realize that somebody coming up and tipping that cow is going to be in some real trouble when she comes down outta’ the air.


13 posted on 07/18/2012 2:37:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: DuncanWaring
Don't need it I reckun.. these look like a dual bladder gadget thingy.. but if it makes 'em happier, at over $3K a pop, good deal.

stammfarmsystems.com


14 posted on 07/18/2012 2:37:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dear Farmer Brown,
We'd like some waterbeds.

Sincerely,
The Cows

15 posted on 07/18/2012 2:39:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: NormsRevenge

Why not just get them Sleep Number beds?......................


16 posted on 07/18/2012 2:45:35 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: NormsRevenge

these beds are just as hard as the ground 6 months out of every year in minnesota....


17 posted on 07/18/2012 2:49:13 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well seriously, if the farmers see actual health benefits for the cows, ie less sores == less antibiotics to treat sores, less crap getting into the milk and meat, generally more robust cows putting more body energy to milk and body mass instead of fighting off infections, then there’s a real benefit to the farmer and the cows.

I am all for a better quality of life for the cows and the farmer. If they think there’s a better benefit in the long run, and they’ve figured out how they can work year-round - and I doubt there’s any antifreeze in them because cows would drink from a rip and die - then kudos to them.


18 posted on 07/18/2012 3:01:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“...if it makes ‘em happier, at over $3K a pop, good deal.”

Looks like the dairy in question paid a little over $300.


19 posted on 07/18/2012 3:03:41 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, if it works, it’s an excellent example of how capital investment improves productivity. If the cows are more comfortable and produce milk in excess of the cost of the beds, then who could complain?


20 posted on 07/18/2012 3:25:01 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: cableguymn
these beds are just as hard as the ground 6 months out of every year in minnesota....

Geeeeez, haven't you ever heard of................................................................................................................................Ice Cream?
21 posted on 07/18/2012 3:26:18 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Foolsgold

And you aren’t the least bit embarrassed? In more civilized countries, a joke like that would receive punishment...


22 posted on 07/18/2012 3:55:35 PM PDT by jonascord (Any Democrat = Classic examples of the Downing Effect.)
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To: Red Badger

“Why not just get them Sleep Number beds?.”

Because that outfit dropped Rush when he was talking about that slut. No REAL MAN would support that company.


23 posted on 07/18/2012 4:14:12 PM PDT by BobL
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To: jonascord

Cone on waterbeds for cows in Minnesota


24 posted on 07/18/2012 4:18:36 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: NormsRevenge

Local farms that tried water beds got rid of them. What worked best is rubber grindings filled bags. $130 each.


25 posted on 07/18/2012 4:22:49 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: NormsRevenge

BS meter just jumped off the desk and buried itself in the wall.


26 posted on 07/18/2012 4:24:48 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Cyman

it this case that would be the Cow $h-t meter dairy farms have very few bulls. Same $h_t different flavor.


27 posted on 07/18/2012 4:36:35 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: NormsRevenge
Getting them water beds was bad enough, but the nightstands with the Lava Lamps are entirely too much!
28 posted on 07/18/2012 4:46:37 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Foolsgold
Sorry cone Come on
29 posted on 07/18/2012 4:47:30 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: NormsRevenge

This sounds crazy!

Whatever happened to cows laying down of a bed of hay?


30 posted on 07/18/2012 4:54:15 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: NormsRevenge

Those waterbeds for cows have been out close to 20 years...made of thick, very tough rubber material to withstand the hoofs, etc.

A local dairy farm was equipped with them, and also had all the milking of hundreds of cows done by robot milking machines, which needed no direct human operation.

Feeding, etc. was all controlled by computer; each cow being recognized by the computer when she entered the milking stall by an ID tag on their neck chain. The computer knew how much milk she produced daily, how much feed she needed, etc.

A family squabble caused its downfall. Now the cows are all gone, the dairy store, gift shop, farm market is closed and someone else has leased the ground and is doing crop farming, only. All because of feudin’ over money!


31 posted on 07/18/2012 4:54:23 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: dfwgator
LOL, first thing I thought of, too!

Farmer Van LOON, you say?!?!

32 posted on 07/18/2012 4:58:47 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: martin_fierro; Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ..

Don’t ask about the mirrors on the barn ceiling.

Thanks NormsRevenge.


33 posted on 07/19/2012 10:07:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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