What’s the hurry?
We feel something may have been ‘lost in translation’ when reading a report recently on NZ vet Barney Askin discussing cow lameness. Askin told farmers the best thing they could do to ease lameness was better management of cows moving to and from the shed while being milked. We loved this totally un-PC quote: “They say the best person to get the cows in is a smoker. He ambles and is no hurry.” However, the next quote made the mind boggle: “They should walk at 2.7 kilometres an hour, that’s 45 metres a second.” 45 metres a second! You’d need Usain Bolt to bring them to the dairy at that speed. We’re pretty sure he told those present 45 metres a minute.