Tagged: Animal Health
Robots. They rove the red sands of Mars and threaten to take over the world in science fiction movies. But in Oakville, Washington, robots are doing something much different. Just 90 miles south of Seattle, the robots on the Austin family's dairy farm are making life a whole lot better for cows and for the farmers.
Last month we celebrated National Dairy Month by posting some fun facts about the dairy industry. The post sparked some great conversation over on Twitter, but one fact stood out and built quite the buzz: In 2008, the average Washington cow produced 14.5% more milk than the average U.S. cow. So, what makes our cows so productive? For those who are curious, we wanted to expand on our initial 140 character answer here on the blog.
It's a well-known industry fact that if you treat your cows with the utmost care and respect, they will reward you with the best milk possible. However, recently released videotapes aim to suggest that dairy farmers would rather abuse their animals than treat them well. While this claim is completely false and offensive to dairy farmers, it is clear that the videos are perpetrated by one or two sick individuals, not the dairy farmers, their families or other employees. Further proof of this fact can be found in last week's decision by a grand jury to not charge a central Ohio dairy farmer with animal abuse. Read on to learn the real story behind the video....
It seems as though winter is finally over and spring has arrived to Washington State. There is a lot to do as we transition to springtime, but nonetheless it is an exciting season for all Washington dairy farmers.
Whether the act of naming a cow is causal or correlated probably requires more research; but the idea provides some insight into the practices Washington dairy farmers employ every day to keep their cows contented.
If you ever thought “working the land” as a dairy farmer would be a bucolic and relaxing experience, think again! Being a successful dairy farmer requires knowledge of advanced agricultural technology, educational preparation and business savvy.