The herd, and every individual animal in it, represents a dairy farmer's greatest responsibility. Their welfare is more than just a business concern – it's a way of life.
Cows’ needs change as they grow, and it's a dairy farmer's job (often in partnership with a veterinarian) to make sure they're well taken care of.
How much do you know about cows? Here are a few little-known facts about cow health and habits.
Cows have two to three times more taste buds than the average human, so they literally have excellent taste – and can be quite fussy about their food.
A dairy cow typically spends 11 hours a day resting or lying, but they only need about four hours of sleep per day.
The practice of docking cows' tails, once thought to improve hygiene, has been banned on Canadian dairy farms since 2017.
Protecting the environment can help reduce waste and costs while keeping farmland viable for future generations.
Advances in technology have helped make cows more comfortable, healthy and productive.
Dairy farmers work with government organizations and industry partners to help maintain Ontario’s high milk standards.
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