but surely cows are just like humans..............if you stop milking them then they will stop producing it so would only be painful for a short period JJ.......
I wouldn't like to be milked everyday just to save some money on the shopping bill
If you milked a high yielding cow 3 x a day, she would produce more milk than if her calf suckled her. But mellifera's point I think was more along the lines of the calf having to be seperated from its mum and either eaten, or raised from a bucket. I dont consider either cruel, but we're entitled to differ here.
Not sure what, if much, about sheep rearing is cruel though... no AI, no seperation, very little "pressure" to produce large numbers of offspring as 2 is the norm for a mules and they cant really raise 3....
i can understand someone thinking that dairy farming is cruel, i was just wondering if that means that milking is always cruel.
seren nos wrote (see)
Not really. She'd get mastitis and it would be pretty painful. Once they're in full lactation you have to dry them off gradually till they are producing less, then you can stop.
??? What did they fall into? Quick drying cement??
I could see an argument for them overheating, but I cant see a sheep growing so much wool she couldnt stand herself up again....
i'm not saying milking is cruel but if you don't eat cow then why would you keep getting a cow pregnant?
'they can die if they fall over' LOL
why the interest Oxy
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