I thought this was really cool, however It really troubles me that it is so impersonal for the cows. I have worked on many dairy farms and itcan be this way but I reall like the small dairys with the personal touch. I do really like how they are using methane gas to create energy. We have a farm near us that is very large and is doinf the same thing. A
Wife to the love of my life, 5 sons, Milkmaid and gereral slave to, Rose and Maggie newly freshened heifers, Buttercup, Violet, and Sally all who will freshen in the summer and more calves than I care to currently acknowledge.
Can you imagine being chained by the neck in a smelly barn 24 / 7, and never seeing a pasture, sunshine, or breathing fresh air? This is why I avoid buying dairy in the supermarket. My cow wanders around my yard, eating grass and hay.
Post by loriandersen on Aug 26, 2009 14:59:12 GMT -5
I have seen this link before and watched the video. I have to say that at least you know that the cows are not getting abused on the farm and that everything is clean and the perfect temp at all times. Very efficent for everyone involved! But its like I always say about the caged laying hen ops, it does not mean that they are supposed to live like that! It sounds like they have some good ideas, but it would be nice to see them out on a nice pasture, yes? Lori
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Post by honeycreekdexters on Aug 26, 2009 16:04:55 GMT -5
This farm is only minutes from our place so we see it very often but for other reasons than those that were in the video, I am surprised that they did not tell about the 3 most important things there, and they are the butter pecan ice cream and the best cheese sandwiches you have ever tasted. But the butter is by far the greatest thing you have ever tasted, on a hot biscuit with honey. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I dont remember them saying the cows dont get outside, we see cows outside all the time. You can purchase the bull calves for almost nothing. Think I'll go get a cone.
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