What’s the hurry?

Dairy News Australia - - OPINION -

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.

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