Animal Writes
25 February 2001 Issue
Not Dairy

by Robert Cohen 

The current issue of Hoard's Dairyman (January 5, 2001, vol. 146, no. 2, p. 50), interviews dairymen for their methods as to how they produce quality milk. Industry secrets teach naive milk consumers things that they would rather not know.

** Matt and Karl Hendel, Minnesota Dairymen reveal:

"Cows are prepped four at a time. First, we use a dry cloth to wipe off all the manure and sand on the teat base, teat, and teat end. Next, we dip each teat twice...After dipping, a gloved hand is used to work the dip into any manure left on the teat and teat end."

(Doesn't that make you want to drink directly from the udder?)

** Patti and Dean Tohl, Oregon dairy farmers, do the following:

"Cows are dry wiped to remove any loose dirt or shavings, stripped, dipped with iodine, scrubbed, and then redipped."

** Vester and Alma Lou Manning (Virginia dairy farmers) use this painful technique:

"We feel keeping cow's udders clipped is key number one. Infected cows are milked last in separate container."

(Who gets to drink the milk from the infected cows?)

** Rick and Bernie Corcoran from Batavia, New York mean business! Business means showing little or no compassion to their cows:

"We feel culling is a top priority role in producing quality milk. Our cull rate is 25 to 30 percent."

(Culling means sending sick or non producing cows to the slaughterhouse. The Corcorans replace 25-30 percent of their cows each year).


Perhaps the Corcoran brothers will read a story appearing on page 52 of the same issue:

These quotes come from the article:

"Cattle in transit are really stressed."

"One rest stop every 24 to 30 hours is enough."

"Be sure to give proper preventive medicine for shipping fever."

"Yelling at and beating animals makes them difficult to handle."

"If properly used, and electric prod or hotshot is effective in moving animals."

"Avoid overcrowding...give pregnant animals in the third trimester more space."

"In cold weather, cattle can be loaded tighter than in hot weather."

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