Bovine engineering says that hair on the udders is a sign of poor nutrition: A cow with long silky hair has milk fat depression and is living under poor management. Does this mean that the amount of hair on the udder will vary according to the cow's nutrition?
One of my cows' udder is positively fuzzy. The other is half-bald. I never even noticed, even tho I have spent time looking at and considering their udders.
Is all this info true, and how did they figure it all out? (Gee, I'm still working on figuring out about their eustachions! I guess since I avoid getting close to their back ends, it would help if I hadn't stepped on my distance glasses!)
Definitely varies with the season. Until BC started shedding out in March, I hadn't realized just how hairy she had become over the winter.
The front of her udder is what I would refer to as "fuzzy" - the back half has short, silky white hair and almost appears bald, while the front half has brown hairs that stick out a bit. And she definitely gives a LOT more milk from the hind quarters.
Also, according to their pictures and other definitions, she is a very healthy cow. Which I knew before I saw that web page, but it is nice to have confirmation of that.
I think what they're talking about is the type of hair that Fancy had on her udder when I got her 5-1/2 years ago. Normally, Fancy has very short hair on her udder which gives the appearance of being bald. The back always stays bald looking, but during the winter she has fuzz on the front quarters and floor of the udder that's no more than an inch or so long. But when I got her, she had these really long, like 3-4 inch long, hairs on her udder. I shaved them off then to make milking easier and they never grew back. She's never had them since, so I would assume that they were the type of hairs referred to in that link.
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