Are your cows trying to tell you something?

Are your cows trying to tell you something?
Early lactation cows normally get to the feed pad by batt-latch at 4:30am, and when staff arrive at the shed to let them on the yard, the feed on the pad is finished. One day the feed wasn’t finished. When the cows were let onto the milking yard that afternoon, the owner noticed that the cows were a bit foot sore. Nothing had changed on farm including feed levels, grass or people). The only thing was it had rained a lot recently. The owner then inspected the races and couldn’t see too much of concern. They then watched the cows leave the shed, and the cows stopped at a point a few metres down the race and waited. When they eventually moved on, they were very cautious walking over that section of race. The owner went and inspected that section of race again and realised that for cows with soft feet from the recent wet weather, this section of race was too uneven. It was due to be fixed anyway but the weather hadn’t allowed it. Sure enough, once that section of race was resurfaced, despite the cows still having soft feet, the cow flow from the shed improved 100% and of course the next morning at 4:55am the pad was licked clean again; the cows got to the pad in time to eat, instead of stopping at the rough spot and not wanting to move on!


Date Added: Wednesday, 1st August 2018


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