Canadian Family Provides Mattresses And Back Scratchers For Their Cows

November 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Members of a Canadian family say they are hoping a new $1 million barn, featuring cow comforts including automated back scratchers, will boost milk production.

Martin family members said each of their 90 cows give an average of 7.9 gallons of milk per day and they are hoping the luxuries in the new barn, located east of Elmira, Ontario, will boost production to an average 8.5 gallons, The (Toronto) Star reported Wednesday.

The farmers said the barn’s luxuries include mattresses for each cow, automated curtains to regulate light, solar-heated water and automated back scratchers that turn on when a cow leans against them.”

UPI

Even if the creature comforts don’t result in increased milk production, it’s the right thing to do.

Cows provide us with refreshing milk, and the least we can do is try to make them as comfortable as possible.

These amenities should be the rule and not the exception, it’s a crime how awful we treat livestock and other animals.

Content and healthy cows produce more milk, both humans and cows benefit when we treat the poor animals humanely.

Cows Gone Wild

August 29, 2009 by  
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“The deaths of no fewer than four people after being trampled by cows in the past two months has prompted Britain’s main farming union to issue a warning about the dangers of provoking the normally docile animals.

 
Cows can become aggressive and charge, especially when calves are present and walkers are accompanied by dogs, said the National Farmers Union (NFU).
 
The union and the Ramblers’ Association both advise that walkers release dogs from their leads when passing through a field of cows.”
 
Reuters
 
When a lion roars the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, even it it’s just a lion on TV. But when a cow moos you don’t worry, nobody is afraid of such comical looking creatures.
 
However cows can be formidable when calves are present, and we should take them seriously. But I won’t  follow the advice of the Rambler’s Association and release my dog from her leash when I’m passing through a field of cows. I wouldn’t risk my Pitt Bull/German Shepherd dog Mandy being trampled by cows. If a solitary cow is foolish enough to charge us, my dog and I will be eating hamburger for dinner.
 
In any case be careful around cows. If you survive an attack by a Bobcat that will be a story you will want to share with your friends. But if you are mauled by a cow, that’s an embarrassing episode that you won’t even share with your best friend.