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Talk about "scratching an itch" Paul. It reminded me of a TedTalk I saw recently. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D6q2wKhqdmmw&ved=0ahUKEwiG-I2Z2YvKAhUT9mMKHWV0BcoQtwIIHjAB&usg=AFQjCNFnPjurDg3u631m8bGXkeP9oVVYZQ&sig2=HvSn-e3uRJhkwm54fZisHA Sorry for the long url, doing post from phone.
That is from Mary Roach's TedTalk "10 Things You Don't Know About Orgasms"
 
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Reminds me of the rotary brush attachment we purchased to fit on our hair clippers for the goats. It solved the problem of there being afraid of the clippers once they got used to being brushed with the same motor sound. sure worked great for keeping them looking great at the fairs.
 
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Awesome post.
 
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Our cow, Layna Mae, weaving a garland from the greens and grasses growing on the compost pile. In my book, fun is one of a cow's many functions.

 
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Great idea Are these rescue cows or for dairy/slaughter?

Here is our happiest cow, Nano. Most of our cows are a little grumpy and scared. They are all strays and are frequently beaten while on the road/in fields. Nano here was lucky enough to be born with us so he is quite friendly
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His mom is a super-grump! But she is a great mom :D and Nano gets to drink all the milk
 
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Here are a few photos of the Arouquesa cattle that were grazing freely around the picnic area that the coach stopped at on the village outing last year.







 
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It may be time for me to start that second cow painting.  The first has been a big hit.  It has been shown at our local art guild show, is now at the local state fair, and husband is getting impatient for it to return to our dining room wall.
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Cows can be so lovable. Our dairy cows weaned their calves when the mom decided and that tended to be around ten months. On a daily basis, the calves stayed with their mothers for 16 hours, then we put the calf on the other side of  a wire fence for 8 hours. Standing next to the mother, there was no trauma of separation.  We milked once a day after that 8 hours. The calves grew strong and well-behaved and all of us were happier.
 
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Our family milk cow, Judy, was a sweet, beautiful jersey, who would meander through the yard, with 4 to 6 little kids on her back, for a ride, while she grazed, then, happy as a lark, let all those little kids get under her, with the milk pail, and learn how to milk her. The chaos never fazed her. She very gently, lovingly, snuggled into me and crushed my toe, once, as I desperately tried to push her off, crying, because she was being so sweet, but it hurt so bad, and I just couldn't bring myself to yell at her.... My toe is still slightly misshapen...
 
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Here are the happy cows at Plaw Hatch Farm in Sussex (UK) getting turned out for the first time in spring 2021.

Bonus: there is also a happy bull.

 
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I like the cow pictures,, please share more about cost and shipping.
Staff note :

This thread is just a fun thread about happy cows. Surely, if you start a thread asking all the questions you have, there would very likely be many to provide answers, for you.

 
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Who knows what makes a cow 'happy' anyway?
My old man had a dairy of approx. 100 +_ cows.
We milked approx. 65 head on average year around.

We had a radio in the barn that we listened to and the cows apparently liked that too, as when the radio died and was not replaced for 2-3 weeks, milk production dropped noticeably!

We also had a hydroponics system in place in the late 50's and the cows loved the green oats that came out of that so much that when that unit was down because of mold and a needed cleanup we actually had to force the cows out to pasture.

One other item about cows and music - there was/is? a video about a small group of musicians who drove out near a pasture full of cows, set up their instruments along a side-ditch fence, and started playing. Most of the cows ambled over to listen to the classical music being played. Happy cows - or just curious cows?
 
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