19 Jul '12, 3pm

Farmer spends $100,000 on waterbeds for cows

Even on a small, family-owned dairy farm, life as a milk cow looks not so great. I mean, you do spend a lot of time standing around in a stall with devices attached to your nipples. That’s cool if it’s your thing, and if there are enough of you who feel that way, I should maybe try to market my manuscript 50 Shades of Hay . But most of us look at that scenario and think “jeez, you could at least get them some fancy furniture, maybe a massage now and then.” Which may be why the Van Loon Dairy just spent $100,000 on 300 waterbeds for its cows. The cow stalls are normally filled with a soft grass seed byproduct, but that gets shifted around when the cows lie down and stand up. Waterbeds always move cushioning right where it’s needed — when a cow steps on the bed, it pushes water forward to the spot where her knees will hit when she lies down — and then snap back into place. P...

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