GEA Farm Technologies has introduced its new, patent-pending Contour Mattress System as a premium air mattress system for dairy cow comfort and support. This unique bedding choice provides an alternative to deep-bedded sand or solids. Plus, the Contour improves top-dress material retention compared to other mattress systems, while allowing greater installation flexibility, no matter which stall configuration is used, the announcement said.
The unique chevron-shaped, air-filled chamber design of the Contour system provides cushion to relieve pressure points on the cow, making her more comfortable while lying on the stall platform. In fact, this mattress was designed to promote the natural lying behavior preferred by cows, and it improves bedding retention in the stall for better udder hygiene and an overall more comfortable environment for the cow to rest and be most productive.
In addition, unlike water or other liquids used in cow mattresses, the system's air chamber "pillows" maintain a more consistent stall temperature, especially during temperature fluctuations.
The chevron-shaped design of the Contour Mattress System also allows for better surface draining and easy removal of manure. The industrial-grade rubber mattresses are long lasting and durable to provide continued cow comfort for many years. The beds are designed with adjustability in mind. They are not stall-width dependent, and they are easy to install, with minimal tools.