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2013-06-23 05:14:02 PM  
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Remember that cows are taken out of their element when they're in a dairy herd.  They are kept in barns instead of running on pastures.  If you watch cows in a pasture, they pick a soft, shady, lush spot in which to lie whenever possible.  Providing a waterbed in a barn is a good idea.  After all, there is so much that is gained from diet and management.  That level of production is available to all farmers.  What gets a bit more out of the cow is when the cow is comfortable.  It could add a few thousand pounds of production during a lactation.
2013-06-23 08:49:29 PM  
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Great Porn Dragon: Uh...waterbeds for dairy cattle have been a thing for some time, actually (especially among smaller farms explicitly working towards better animal welfare); the cows are more comfy and produce better milk.  (Same reason they have the "cow carwash" things for dairy cattle to rub against and wash themselves, and same reason why a number of dairy farms now have "cow comes in when it wants to for milking" and RFID ear tags to identify the Bessie in question.  Happy and comfy cows do in general tend to give better milk.)

Came in to say, pretty much this. If you find a reasonably simple way to make your employees, and therefore your company, more productive, wouldn't you do it?
2013-06-23 07:28:18 PM  
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blottoman: OK, is there a limit?
Throw 'em in zero gravity, attach electrodes to there brains... must have milk!

Where cow comfort is concerned, a comfortable cow, on the same feed, will give up to a gallon of milk a day more than the same cow under uncomfortable conditions - wet, hard, dirty, too hot, too cold.  Since milk weighs 8.8 lbs/gal, over the course of a 305 day lactation, that can add up.  While normal dairy operators try to maximize production, they also realize that stressing cows not only reduces production but shortens life expectancy.  So yeah, cow comfort is important but it's how production is maximized without resorting to electrodes or even BST.
2013-06-23 06:27:31 PM  
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somedude210: Elweasel: Click Clack MOOOOOOOO[img.fark.net image 721x940]

My sister loves that series of books. I imagine her daughter will too

/those are pretty hilarious books

We have three of them... My daughter was a fan, she's growing out of them, I still get a kick.
2013-06-23 04:49:49 PM  
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2013-06-23 04:38:50 PM  
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Happy cows more and better milk no hormones.
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