Had a girlfriend-college roommate-about 20 years back who did an exchange on a New Zealand dairy farm; she said they cut the cows tails off so they wouldn't interfere with milking...that didn't sound so nice either...however, I DO agree that bigger isn't always better. My biggest concern would be the impact that 1000 cows would have as far as manure lagoons, waste management, etc. We are a county that is prime dairyland, lots of grass and a cool coastal temp. Most of our dairies are smallish, in the low 100s I would venture, and pasture their cows. Majority Jersey with Holsteins following. Calves hutched here, too, which is only until weaning, so I don't see that as such a bad thing, I guess. My pet peeve is the water sucking developers and golf courses that are all over our arid Southwest (Arizona, Nevada, etc) that are taking water, sucking aquifers dry, etc.Valmai said:From a kiwi perspective that looks ...just so wrong... Not a blade of green grass to be seen. The hutches are horrible. Over here having one calf on its own could earn you a visit from the SPCA.
But I would be interested to hear a bit about the milking shed set-up.
sammyd said:But I thought all factory farms had dead cows lying all over and the live ones were up to their bellies in manure....
Where are the hired hands that are supposed to be torturing and abusing the animals????
Seriously...nice looking set up. How would ya like to bottle feed all those calves in all those hutches???