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The Life of a Modern Dairy Cow

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The modern dairy cow’s life bears little resemblance to that of her wild relatives. Every aspect of her life is manipulated to maximise milk yield, inevitably at the expense of her health and welfare.

"The dairy cow is exposed to more abnormal physiological demands than any other class of farm animal making her a supreme example of an overworked mother."
John Webster, Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at Bristol University’s Clinical Veterinary Science Department

Please click on the submenu items to read about various aspects of modern dairy farming: 


You can find all the information in our report, The Dark Side of Dairy.

Or watch our short video The Dark Side of Dairy.  

And for more on cow behaviour see our feature article How Now Clever Cow...



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If you'd like a paper copy, please order it here.

If you'd like a paper copy, please order it here.


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