|"Who's giving me my pedicure?"|
The session he attended was on cow comfort. Obviously we thought it would be about how we need a spa for the farm, farmers waving palm trees at us, and some pedi time. Not quite what they covered.
- Mean Cow Lying Behavior was the first topic, and it wasn't about bad bovines telling fibs. Researchers measure all types of cow activities like the average time cows lie down.
- Stock density is about how many cows per area as opposed to comments about weight
- Social status of cows can be broken into top, middle, and bottom in different places on the farm such as at the milk barn, feed areas, watering spots, and rest areas. My two cents: best seat for the TV is the prime seat in the middle
- Fans and the heat. I'm hoping the next session includes air conditioning for barns.
Life on a dairy farm is much more than milking us cows.
Agent 14, reporting from the Udder Side.