Saturday, June 22, 2024
Chris Judd

Cows and their milk

Recently, a few very vocal radicals have been preaching that humans should not be feeding children milk from another species. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but cows have been considered the mothers of the human race, providing early nourishment with their milk for our children for thousands of years.
Until a couple generations ago, many mothers died too soon after childbirth and, unless a wet nurse was close by, the family cow provided the necessary milk to nourish the baby for its first critical months of life.
Back in caveman times, a tamed yak was the supplier of milk. In many underdeveloped countries goats provided milk. The goat was easier to own, feed and could even provide meat for a smaller tribe or family when there was no refrigeration to store unused meat.
When a calf is born it weighs about 100 pounds depending on the breed of cow or if it’s a bull calf or a heifer. Males are a little heavier. Just like humans some births are more difficult than others and require assistance by the farmer or may even require delivery by caesarean section.

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