Thursday, August 28, 2008

Backyard Bovine

A new trend.....your own cow. Not a full-sized one,of course.

For between £200 and £2,000, people can buy a cow that stands no taller than a large German shepherd dog, gives 16 pints of milk a day that can be drunk unpasteurised, keeps the grass “mown” and will be a family pet for years before ending up in the freezer.

Family pet for years before ending up in the freezer......I can imagine that causing some domestic awkwardness.

They can be more cost-effective for ranchers too.

.....the Lowline Angus, which has been developed by the Australian government to stand no more than 39in high but produce 70% of the steak of a cow twice its size.

In America, small cow breeds such as the mini-Hereford are catching on among professional farmers keen to save money as the cost of feed skyrockets. These Herefords consume about a third less feed than normal cows and produce proportionately more beef for the amount of grain they eat.

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