Are cows better cared for on small farms?
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When Texas dairy farmer Sieto Mellema looks out among his 3,000 cows and thousands of acres of crops, he doesn’t see a factory. Here, Mellema discusses a question people may have about large farms: Are cows cared for better on smaller farms?
Dairy farms – whether large or small – make animal care a top priority. It’s typical for farmers to spend the majority of their operating costs on the care of their cows.
Keeping cows inside is one way that farmers can control the temperature they live in, protect them from predators and diseases, and monitor how much they are eating and drinking.
Dairy farms — whether large or small — make animal care a top priority. Farmers care for their cows by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions because they depend on the animals for their own livelihood. It’s typical for farmers to spend the majority of their operating costs on the care of their cows.