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(Huffington Post)   Waterbeds for cows. What's next, scented candles, black lights and platform hooves?   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 33
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2013-06-23 04:24:12 PM
Sounds a lot like Subby's mom.
 
2013-06-23 04:28:53 PM
Hey subbs, if that's what your wife wants, that's what she gets.
 
2013-06-23 04:35:17 PM
^^^^ Epic Burn
 
2013-06-23 04:35:40 PM
Moo-chicka-moo-moo
 
2013-06-23 04:38:50 PM
Happy cows more and better milk no hormones.
 
2013-06-23 04:41:08 PM
Am I the only one who can't use the scrollbar on HuffPo with Chrome? Sucker just won't scroll unless I use keys or click directly on a section of the scrollbar.
 
2013-06-23 04:43:16 PM
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2013-06-23 04:44:40 PM
"This is the sound a dog makes. Mr. Connery?"

"MOO."
 
2013-06-23 04:46:08 PM
Waterbeds for bovines'? I may be utterly milking the puns, but I'd think there'd be too much moovment for the cow to rest.
 
2013-06-23 04:47:29 PM

lostcat: Am I the only one who can't use the scrollbar on HuffPo with Chrome? Sucker just won't scroll unless I use keys or click directly on a section of the scrollbar.


It's just you.
 
2013-06-23 04:49:49 PM
Click Clack MOOOOOOOOimg.fark.net
 
2013-06-23 05:07:14 PM
I don't know what's worse: waterbeds for cows or that farking website.
 
2013-06-23 05:07:54 PM

Elweasel: Click Clack MOOOOOOOO[img.fark.net image 721x940]


My sister loves that series of books. I imagine her daughter will too

/those are pretty hilarious books
 
2013-06-23 05:09:10 PM
Waterbeds for cows. What's next, scented candles, black lights and platform hooves?

Maybe this!

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2013-06-23 05:09:39 PM
i307.photobucket.com

See platform hooves already exist.
 
2013-06-23 05:10:24 PM
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2013-06-23 05:14:02 PM
Remember that cows are taken out of their element when they're in a dairy herd.  They are kept in barns instead of running on pastures.  If you watch cows in a pasture, they pick a soft, shady, lush spot in which to lie whenever possible.  Providing a waterbed in a barn is a good idea.  After all, there is so much that is gained from diet and management.  That level of production is available to all farmers.  What gets a bit more out of the cow is when the cow is comfortable.  It could add a few thousand pounds of production during a lactation.
 
2013-06-23 05:19:33 PM

NutWrench: Maybe this!


Dammit!
 
2013-06-23 05:21:13 PM
my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.
 
2013-06-23 05:21:54 PM

Mr. Right: Remember that cows are taken out of their element when they're in a dairy herd.  They are kept in barns instead of running on pastures.  If you watch cows in a pasture, they pick a soft, shady, lush spot in which to lie whenever possible.  Providing a waterbed in a barn is a good idea.  After all, there is so much that is gained from diet and management.  That level of production is available to all farmers.  What gets a bit more out of the cow is when the cow is comfortable.  It could add a few thousand pounds of production during a lactation.


OK, is there a limit?
Throw 'em in zero gravity, attach electrodes to there brains... must have milk!
 
2013-06-23 05:25:36 PM
Waterbeds... and other pleasures....

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2013-06-23 05:30:49 PM
I'm very grateful to subby for giving me the phrase "platform hooves".
 
2013-06-23 05:34:01 PM
Bernie and Phyl's has some great deals on waterbeds for cows.
 
2013-06-23 06:27:31 PM

somedude210: Elweasel: Click Clack MOOOOOOOO[img.fark.net image 721x940]

My sister loves that series of books. I imagine her daughter will too

/those are pretty hilarious books


We have three of them... My daughter was a fan, she's growing out of them, I still get a kick.
 
2013-06-23 07:28:18 PM

blottoman: OK, is there a limit?
Throw 'em in zero gravity, attach electrodes to there brains... must have milk!


Where cow comfort is concerned, a comfortable cow, on the same feed, will give up to a gallon of milk a day more than the same cow under uncomfortable conditions - wet, hard, dirty, too hot, too cold.  Since milk weighs 8.8 lbs/gal, over the course of a 305 day lactation, that can add up.  While normal dairy operators try to maximize production, they also realize that stressing cows not only reduces production but shortens life expectancy.  So yeah, cow comfort is important but it's how production is maximized without resorting to electrodes or even BST.
 
2013-06-23 08:02:33 PM
Uh...waterbeds for dairy cattle have been a thing for some time, actually (especially among smaller farms explicitly working towards better animal welfare); the cows are more comfy and produce better milk.  (Same reason they have the "cow carwash" things for dairy cattle to rub against and wash themselves, and same reason why a number of dairy farms now have "cow comes in when it wants to for milking" and RFID ear tags to identify the Bessie in question.  Happy and comfy cows do in general tend to give better milk.)
 
2013-06-23 08:49:29 PM

Great Porn Dragon: Uh...waterbeds for dairy cattle have been a thing for some time, actually (especially among smaller farms explicitly working towards better animal welfare); the cows are more comfy and produce better milk.  (Same reason they have the "cow carwash" things for dairy cattle to rub against and wash themselves, and same reason why a number of dairy farms now have "cow comes in when it wants to for milking" and RFID ear tags to identify the Bessie in question.  Happy and comfy cows do in general tend to give better milk.)


Came in to say, pretty much this. If you find a reasonably simple way to make your employees, and therefore your company, more productive, wouldn't you do it?
 
2013-06-23 10:54:43 PM
Great Porn Dragon: Uh...waterbeds for dairy cattle have been a thing for some time, actually (especially among smaller farms explicitly working towards better animal welfare); the cows are more comfy and produce better milk.  (Same reason they have the "cow carwash" things for dairy cattle to rub against and wash themselves, and same reason why a number of dairy farms now have "cow comes in when it wants to for milking" and RFID ear tags to identify the Bessie in question.  Happy and comfy cows do in general tend to give better milk.)

namegoeshere: Came in to say, pretty much this. If you find a reasonably simple way to make your employees, and therefore your company, more productive, wouldn't you do it?


This might raise some uncomfortable issues for the factory-farming model, where the animal is treated purely as a machine, not as a sentient.
 
2013-06-23 10:57:30 PM
all those sweet cows deserve whatever can be done for them. They give so much for us.
 
2013-06-23 11:21:21 PM
yep, i actually have first-hand experience with these. the cows can be a little wary of them at first (the beds move when stepped on), but in my experience once they get used to them they prefer them over traditional stalls. less swollen knees and hocks, better traction and comfort for laying down and getting up. about the only downside i've seen is that it's difficult to keep bedding on them as the waves created by the cow's movement toss the bedding off.
 
2013-06-24 12:17:02 AM
WHY ISN'T THIS A PHOTOSHOP THREAD?!


:)
 
2013-06-24 12:30:09 AM
All that's missing now is a little Barry White music.
 
2013-06-24 12:10:32 PM
Well damn. A dairy thread and I missed it.

We've got pasture mats in our cow stalls. Full of ground up car tire. The rubber provides a pretty comfortable bed.
 
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