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Dairy cow breeds have differences

On the farm

September 12, 2013

Apparently, the questions don’t stop even if the fair has. And that is OK! Cows are something that I am definitely familiar with, but not all cows....

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finsII

Sep-15-13 7:51 AM

If it were not for the value of cattle for their milk and meat there would be no reason for cattle at all. Do you expect the farmer to raise them with no value being produced by the cow. This milk also provides other products such as butter and cheese. Meat is a wonderful source of protein. The skins are used for leather. A lot of the male dairy cattle are raised as beef just like beef cattle are. Cattle have been a valuable product for man for thousands of years.

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beaelliott

Sep-12-13 11:55 PM

Female cows are forcibly artificially inseminated to become pregnant and continue lactating. After 9 months, the dairy industry steals these baby calves shortly after they are born. The "worthless" males who can't make milk are either killed immediately or kept in isolation for a few months to become veal. The unfortunate females calves follow their mother's sad lot all the way to the last moments on the kill floor when they are no longer "productive". Thankfully there's abundant plant based alternatives that are just as nutritional, just as satisfying and just as versatile in cooking. Dairy is also destructive to the environment and a tragic waste of resources. Perhaps it is time for "unweaned" adults to look beyond what deceptiveness and hype the dairy industry is pitching at you in order to keep their profits and their cruel practices in check. Whether Cheap burgers or steak-The cow is of more worth alive than the dead flesh s/he is killed for.

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beaelliott

Sep-12-13 11:50 PM

How strange to call cows some"things"! Of course they are much more than cars or sneakers - They are sentient beings capable of a range of desires and emotions that go way beyond what "breed" they are! They are also capable of suffering just like we are. It's sad that this article just skims over the reason that dairy cows "produce" more than what their calves can consume is that they were bred this way... And that even though they make 13 times more fluid milk --- Their young are still stolen never having the chance to be nourished by this "abundance". Adult humans do not need cow's milk any more than they need goat's milk, wolf's milk, camel's milk, giraffe's milk. Unweaned infants do remarkably better on their own mother's breast milk which is what our species was intended to consume. There's absolutely nothing beneficial to the human diet in cow's milk that can't be gotten through plant based sources.

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