Airborne cuteness at sproutcreekfarm:
The kids were excited to play outside today!
Via newslite.tv, Swedish company DeLaval has created a self-grooming machine — essentially a car wash for cows, although I suspect the happy-making aspect has more to do with the scratching action than the cleaning — that keeps the cows happy and clean, while also boosting milk production:
July 22, 2010 6:30 PM
It looks like a car wash, but this ‘cow wash’ machine is actually the latest must-have gadget for farmers wanting to boost milk production
Designed by Swedish firm DeLaval, the swinging cow brush was created to act as a ‘self grooming’ device for cows to help keep themselves clean, healthier and happier.
This is because a happy cow is said to produce as much as 3.5 percent more milk and therefore be much more valuable for the farmer.
The device works by starting to rotate when a cow makes contact with it, and then spinning at a speed which is pleasurable for the cow as it moo-ves under it.
Given the success of cow wash machines - more than 30,000 have been sold - it can’t be long until the cows also start getting a pre-milking pedicure and makeover.
A spokesperson for DeLaval said: “A cow that grooms herself with the swinging cow brush can produce more milk from the exact same resources and input.
“That is one of the reasons why it is so popular among dairy farmers.
“Improved general health leads to less treatment and culling costs so cow health is improved and farmers’ profits boosted.”
Ok, I really try to stay strictly on topic on this blog, but occasionally non-cheese related post slips through…
via icelandicbutterflies, some dog+kitten+fox cuteness insanity:
So it looks as if the lovely kate & nick have found themselves with a baby fox. All of this makes a lot of sense to me. Kate is oh so talented at telling the stories of animals and their sagas and to me this seems like a very good character just arrived. Lets all hope the fable has a happy ending. In the meantime, I am very thrilled that they have relocated to Vermont so that I can visit them and meet all of the love bugs in their brood of animals.