Which cubicle mattress?

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by Chippy, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Turboman

    Turboman Member

    Location:
    N.I.
    So in your experience they are good to deal with..............Sure you bloody work for them Fergal lol
     
  2. Scholsey

    Scholsey Member

    Location:
    HEREFORDSHIRE
    Think all modern water beds have a 2 section design, so there is the 'pillow' where the cow kneels and the main bit where she lies, this stops the water moving away from the knees when she goes to lie down. We use 5 20ish kg ardens cubicle sawdust for 220 cubicles every day, i think we would be using 2-3 times that if were on normal mattresses. Liked Teemores Optima mattresses if didnt go for waterbeds.
     
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  3. rdr123

    rdr123 Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    We first put Wilson mats in 8 years ago and they had served us well but when we fitted another shed 2 years ago we also put them in and they have been nothing but trouble! The end which tucks in at the back of the mat has lifted out so it gets dirty all the time and bedding slides of the back. We have spoke to them and they were supposed to be sorting it out but have yet to see anything which is a shame. Wouldn't recommend them mats or cubicles to anyone and in our new shed and dry cow shed we have easyfix cubicles which are superb! :)
     
  4. Suckndiesel

    Suckndiesel Member

    Location:
    Newtownards
    Have some of the same in here of Wilsons mats along with easy fix mats also, always thought the Wilson mats were a pain in the ass to clean, easyfix far easier to clean but cows will lie in the Wilson ones first
     
  5. zyklon

    zyklon Member

    We only use Wilson mattress and will be using it again in our next install shortly. Wouldn't touch the Teemore mattress. Too much hype about it. Few neighbours have ditched it in favour of the Wilson mattress.
     
  6. zyklon

    zyklon Member

    If the cover is coming out at the bottom if that's what I think you are saying then it wasn't installed correctly. Probably had the bed of rubber cushioning upside down. What size of foam was installed? We lay our own so we know it's done right.
     
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  7. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Saw some wilsons going in the other day, ones with the 'sausage' bottom and they look excellent. What sort of money is in them?
     
  8. zyklon

    zyklon Member

    Depends on the size of foam and if it's the yellow cover or the new black water proof cover.
     
  9. Verney_R

    Verney_R Member

    We've got the cosmos mattress from David beach, David showed us how to fit 50 and then we fitted the rest ourselves and are very pleased, been in nearly 10 years now and no signs of wear. We looked closely into wilsons at the time and unless you had the extra layer I didn't think they'd compare. Have herd horror stories about Wilson's cubicles. We also looked at water beds and didn't like the price, although the farmers were saying very good things, when the cows lied down the water displaced so didn't know what to think of that...Comfort wise the cosmos is very good, almost too soft and when the cows lie down and they sink in they can get a bit of milk pooling, but doesn't seem to be a problem. We lime and sawdust twice a day.
    I think if I were to do it again I'd look at bachelor mattresses which it was at the time but internshap now have it, their softbed mattress, thicker layer of rubber over the foam, may make it more rigid? Hope this helps
     
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  10. William Mellor

    Location:
    Peak District
    Sorry if others think I'm hijacking this thread but to save starting another on the same subject, what do others think is the best mattress to go straight into my cubicles pictured below, currently no mattresses just straw with a small amount of sawdust and lime mixed on a concrete bed. Would Carry on using the same bedding its just some cows seem to develop sores which I think must because of them lieing on concrete. IMG_2996.JPG Currently looking at the cozycow advert in the British dairying magazine, does anyone have these mattresses? And what sort of price would I be having to pay per cubicle?
     
  11. zyklon

    zyklon Member

    To be honest I would be ripping out those cubicles and replacing them first then worry about what the cows should lay on.
     
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  12. bigw

    bigw Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    I wouldnt waste money trying to put mats in for those cubicles if I was you, try and go for cubicles and mats together if you can. We are in the middle of putting some wela longline from kraiburg and it seems very soft to walk on, time will tell if the cows like it though.
     
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  13. William Mellor

    Location:
    Peak District
    Not more expense:banghead::eek:
    Is there anyone that would do a deal on cubicles and mats together?
    Looking at the cubicles the photo does them no favours and if anything makes them look worse than they are and would of thought they'd last at least another 10 years maybe even 15, and thought surely mats would last that long
     
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  14. dinderleat

    dinderleat Member

    Location:
    Wells
    Just get some standard 30mm foam mats get ft3.9 wide as they will grow and fit them your self probably get them for £30 a mat. Or if your feeling tight buy some second hand ones say £10 if you can find some?! If you want a day out I've got 80 mats we took out of our old cubicle house ( looks like the same as yours) hope this helps
     
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  15. dinderleat

    dinderleat Member

    Location:
    Wells
  16. dinderleat

    dinderleat Member

    Location:
    Wells
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    We did go from ^ to v mind a few years ago ImageUploadedByThe Farming Forum1505335023.453721.jpg
    Made a hell of a difference
     
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  17. Verney_R

    Verney_R Member

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  18. O'Reilly

    O'Reilly Member

    Cubicles aren't my thing, but more straw would be a good short term fix I would have thought
     
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  19. vantage

    vantage Member

    Location:
    Pembs
    Couldn't agree more.We went from poor newton rigg and hard beds to intershape loops and deep sand,from damaged hocks and lameness to zero abrasions,from excessive casualties caused at housing to none.It may cost but the pay back is huge.
     
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  20. zyklon

    zyklon Member

    They are rubbish. Might as well be on concrete. We had a shed of those and ripped them out a year later. Might do young heifers but not good for vows.
     

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