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Comfy cows more productive, more relaxed?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090917/od_nm/us_cows_odd

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    OSLO (Reuters) – Comfortable Norwegian cows are producing more milk and have less udder infections since new regulations allowing them to relax for up to half a day on soft rubberized mattresses were introduced.

    In 2004, Norway introduced rules to replace gradually all sheds where cows are kept in stalls with ones that allow them to move more freely and lie down on a softer surface.

    "They lie about half of the day, which is natural for them," doctoral student Lars Erik Ruud told Reuters after researching the impact of the rules, the first of their kind in the world.

    "Production increases by 5-6 percent," Ruud said, explaining that a more relaxed lifestyle boosted the volume of blood flowing through the cows' udders, which meant more liters of milk produced from each cow.

    But the rules also have a drawback, he said, as the relaxed cows' hooves do not naturally wear down as they would if in contact with a hard surface.


    This I say is a good thing. What do you all think? Is it worth it for the extra production/less infections is it just another silly animal-rights thing that costs too much?
     
  2. bigdog5994

    bigdog5994 Lady Day

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    no duh
     
  3. ParadigmShifter

    ParadigmShifter Random Nonsense Generator

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    Are you saying this isn't a good idea?

     
  4. dwaxe

    dwaxe is not a fanatic

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    If the economic benefits truly outweigh the costs, you can bet that cushioned cows will become the norm.
     
  5. Abaddon

    Abaddon Deity

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    Cows are usually kept like that anyway..

    I work on a Dairy Farm currently. The cows have individual stalls bedded with sand (inert, good absorbtion, dries up and clean muck) as well as areas with straw. There are still concrete passage ways. but they can generally wander about and lay where they wish.

    This is of course just in the winter.. most of the year (like now) they spend their time living out on the pasture, only coming in twice a day for milking and getting a high nutrion booster feed. (Chopped maize,wheat, hay, minerals etc)
     
  6. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    Most certainly not. Hitting the cows is bad unless you have some sort of powerup allowing you to blast through them.
     
  7. bhsup

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    Holy crap, that California cows commercial thing is right??! (example below)


    Link to video.
     
  8. ParadigmShifter

    ParadigmShifter Random Nonsense Generator

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    I was thinking more of allowing your farm to be used as a racetrack by a dinosaur wearing shoes,
     
  9. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    I just wasted 10 mins watching all the california happy cow commercials...
     
  10. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    No, that's an excellent idea.
     
  11. Sharwood

    Sharwood Rich, doctor nephew

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    I was going to post this myself. I don't work on one myself, but I did live in a rural area for my first 20 years of life.
     
  12. Camikaze

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    It's not a matter of animal rights, it's a matter of good farm management. If cows are uptight and stressed, they won't produce/release as much milk. That's why you don't disturb them too much when they are actually in the milking process, for example. They are more likely to seize up, if you will. IIRC, of course.
     
  13. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    We should apply this doctrine on bitter cubicle workers.
     
  14. Sharwood

    Sharwood Rich, doctor nephew

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    Why would I want to drink milk from biter cubicle workers?
     
  15. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    Because they are the best variety. Duh.
     
  16. Hsinchu

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    Don't they uber-relax cows in Japan? They don't let them walk. That's how we get Kobe, right?
     
  17. Abaddon

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    Not uber relaxed. Uber restricted. The calves are kept in a crate. It restricts their movement so muscles don't develop properly and are very high in fat. This CRUELTY is what creates Kobe meat.
     
  18. Hsinchu

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    Have to have a little sarcastic black humor, please don't go PETA on me.

    "MM, the buttery taste of cruelty for breakfast."
     
  19. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    I tell my boss I would be more productive if I could get a Laz-E-Boy and sleep on the job.

    He cut my pay. :(
     
  20. Hsinchu

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    Once again,

    Employer: "MM, the buttery taste of cruelty in the morning."
     

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