Cow Comfort is Important to Milk Quality
Cow comfort is the term used to describe the overall comfort level of a dairy cow in its environment on the farm. It’s is an important part of maintaining a healthy herd, and I work closely with dairy farmers to ensure their cows are as comfortable and healthy as possible.
The first aspect of cow comfort are the facilities in which they live. Cows are housed in a barn with curtains, which act similarly to windows in our homes. The curtains are opened in the summer to allow natural ventilation and closed in the winter to reduce the cold wind. During summer the barn will also have fans running constantly on warm days, and a sprinkler system wets the cows’ backs to keep them cool.
For exercise, the cows are provided plenty of space to walk around whenever they choose. To rest, the cows have large freestalls, bedded with natural clean, dry sand. The sand forms to the cows’ udders to keep them comfortable when lying down.
Cow comfort is very important to milk quality, and a priority for dairy farmers and veterinarians. We work together to ensure the animals are healthy, well-cared and have a clean, dry environment to live in so they can produce high-quality milk.
Next time let’s discuss the milking procedure, and the steps taken within the parlor to ensure milk is safe and pure.