Cattle will give you signals as to their health and well-being, says director-owner of CowSignals Training Company, Joep Driessen.
Driessen was one of this year’s Canadian Dairy Xpo speakers, where he hosted a Robot Feeding Signals workshop. In it, and in an interview with Bernard Tobin, he emphasized the importance of good food and rest by comparing dairy cows to marathon runners.
“If you’re running 43km in one run, that’s the same amount of energy that a cow needs to produce 30L of milk. So what’s the difference between a cow and a marathon runner? Well, the cow is running that marathon every single day.”
That’s why it’s important to be able to assess their comfort through body language, says the Luxembourg-born veterinarian and founder of CowSignals. And, improving producers’ knowledge of body language is just what the many books and videos CowSignals distributes aims to do.