Farmer Buys Waterbeds to Keep Cows Comfy
An Oregon farmer has gone to extremes to keep his cattle comfy. Kevin Krous recently purchased 300 waterbeds for his cows, and he is not alone.
A few other dairies in the Willamette Valley have waterbeds for their herds, too.
“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.
So how much does a cow waterbed cost? Krous spent $100,000 on the new beds, but says that they are cheaper in the long run because he does not need to spend so much on grass seed for hay to produce the bedding.
Also, the rubber waterbeds are more hygienic because they discourage bacteria growth.
“Moisture and heat are your two enemies. Bacteria doesn’t really grow on any rubber,” Van Loon added.
Krous says more comfortable cows are happy cows, leading to increased milk production.