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28 March 2014
By taking care of well-being animals Dutch have oldest live stock

In May and June many of the Dutch cows will be in the fields again. Many farmers think it is better for the cow to be in the stable, especially because over the last years the health, well-being and the life span of cattle became more important for the farmers. Through that the Dutch have the oldest live stock in the world and it seems the cattle can even get a lot older.


Producers use the cattle being out in the fields to market dairy products, and call milk in the summer 'grasslands milk', because the Dutch consumers like to cows to be outside. Many farmers think it is better for the cow to be in the stable, especially because over the last years the health, well-being and the life span of cattle became more important for the farmers. Through that the Dutch have the oldest live stock in the world. Now also ethical factors play a role. In the end a cows natural behaviour is grazing grass.

 

The Netherlands has to oldest live stock in the world, and it seems the cattle can even get a lot older. In all the agricultural organisation the life span of an animal is the main theme. Farmers are investing in the comfort of the stable. Cow comfort it the term that is in fashion in the branch. Old fashioned dark stables without any windows are transformed in half open stables with a lot of light and fresh air. Instead of cold humid concrete floors, the cow now gets sand to lie on, some farmers even created water beds for the cows. They also get more space, so they really lie down and take enough rest. The sand is also much more hygienic and through this a lot less infections occur.

 

The health and well-being of cattle has become much more important for farmers. A sick cows costs time, attention and in the end money. Nowadays it is not the maximum supply of milk, but a cow without any problems. Some say that keeping cattle in the stable is much better for the cow, but besides economic and animal well-being, now also ethical factors play a role. In the end a cows natural behaviour is grazing grass.




 

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