Management practices my foot! That is the "PR" solution.. the whole answer of course is... EAT A VEGETABLE-BASED DIET and these issues go away.
That was in response to my comments on TreeHugger.com's In Defence of the Cow: How Eating Meat Could Help Slow Climate Change.
Well, apparently the owner of this quote was pretty keen on letting everyone know how educated she was on ecology, soil biology, animal husbandry, etc., having written a 20,000-word dissertation on the subjects.
The only problem was that a comment like this tends to be great at displaying the very irony that the one who claimed everyone else had such a "deep-seated ignorance of ecology" (this aimed at those who were in complete agreement with this article from TreeHugger) was actually projecting her own willful ignorance.
Someone with an ounce of knowledge in ecology should and would know and understand that management is the central force around things like grazing, and even growing vegetables.
Let's say you see a picture, or short, 20-second video of a very cute, newborn baby calf posted somewhere on a social media site, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Now, this particular calf is actually tied up--with a piece of twine around its neck--and kept inside what looks like to be a house or an office, like a farm office, and with no momma cow in sight.
What's going on?
Is it true that all bulls have horns, and cows never do?
Or is this a myth that has been perpetuated by those who have mistakenly assumed this is the case by what they've only been able to see in the media?
Are cows really that scary? Or is it just up to our own personal perceptions?
For myself at least, I can understand how cows (and cattle) seem rather terrifying to most people--even if I'm one who's been around cows for as long as I can remember. They're big, tall, and "completely" unpredictable.
With heads the size of a human torso, a shoulder-height of 5 to 6 feet (some taller), and hooves bigger than a man's fist, and the kind of behaviour that is anything but that similar to a dog or cat, it's not surprising that folks can get afflicted with something I tend to call "bovinophobia."
Let me ask you this: If I were to type in a Google search of the words "urban myths about cows," out of sheer curiosity what do you think would be the most common thing that would come up?
The dairy industry in particular is infamous for removing calves from their mothers soon after birth. Beef cow-calf operations do something similar, except that calves are much older.
So why is it done?
What goes through your mind when you see a video like this?
Range Nerd, Forage & Grazing Fanatic and a Bovine Enthusiast. A love for farming, and for the soil.
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