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Ever wonder how much milk a dairy cow produces a day? http://bit.ly/2Ji6KIs

 

On some dairy farms, cow manure gets flushed or trucked over to digesters, a processing tank equipped to capture biogas. Bacteria break down the manure into carbon dioxide and methane, which can then be sent to a generator to be used as clean, renewable energy!

 

Within a few hours after the birth, the farmer usually moves the calf to its own safe space, called a calf hutch. The space includes an individual house and fenced-in space. This best practice can be confusing when people don’t understand why it’s best to remove a calf from its mother. This practice has become an essential part of animal care on a farm for a few reasons:

  1. Protects the calf from harmful germs
  2. Allows the farmer to watch each calf closely in a controlled setting
  3. The farmer can provide individual care and track what the calf is eating and it’s overall health

 

Raise a glass to dairy farmers! As of 2007, producing a gallon has a 63% smaller carbon footprint than in 1944, thanks to improvements made in cow comfort, health, nutrition and breeding. https://bit.ly/2dBNpzP

 

Cows don’t sleep standing up! Why would they when dairy farmers give them their own spaces with comfy bedding? In freestall barns, cows can get up from their bed to eat, drink or just take a stroll around the barn whenever they want! https://bit.ly/2EKmG4Y

 

Animal care is important to farmers. On dairy farms, barns can be outfitted with large automated brushes so that cows can walk up and activate the rotating bristles to scratch their heads or bodies whenever they need additional comfort. http://bit.ly/2lPIOgK

 

A cow’s udder is thoroughly cleaned, dried and massaged with towels before milking. Disinfectant skin conditioners are applied to the udder before and after milking to keep the cow’s udder healthy. http://bit.ly/2lPBQs2

 

Calves are first fed colostrum (the milk from their mothers after the calf is born) which is packed full of nutrients to help them grow up healthy. After the are fed colostrum, the calf is switched to either whole milk or milk-replacer. https://bit.ly/1Uowpt6

 

Calves are first fed colostrum (the milk from their mothers after the calf is born) which is packed full of nutrients to help them grow up healthy. After the are fed colostrum, the calf is switched to either whole milk or milk-replacer. https://bit.ly/1Uowpt6

 

Ready for summer? Cows don’t mind the cooler weather thanks to their thick skin and hair! https://bit.ly/2gVN66Y

 

Ear tags allow farmers to record a cow’s body temperature, health and medication history and even the composition of each cow’s milk. The number also lets farmers know when a cow has been fed to prevent overfeeding. For some farmers, the standard, plastic ear tag has gone high tech with some tags automatically syncing information, such as a cow’s body temperature or daily movements, to a computer. For more about ear tags, visit:http://bit.ly/29bqY6i

 

Did you know some dairy cows wear collars with pedometers? Pedometers help the farmer track how many steps each cow takes — which can help them figure out if a cow is not feeling well (decreased activity) or if they are in heat (increased activity)! Technology helps farmers keep a closer eye on their animals and provide the best care. It’s like a Fitbit for cows! http://bit.ly/2FT8KF0

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