Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

Wisconsin's Morning News

SAUK CITY, Wis. (AP) - Dairy farmers, take note: The key to turning your dairy cow into a cash cow is udder happiness.
 
That's according to a University of Wisconsin initiative that focuses on making dairy cows happier so they provide more milk
 
Nigel Cook has directed the effort since 2010. He and his team visit farms to give advice to farmers like providing bigger stalls, adding more air circulation, managing manure and using the fundamentals of cow welfare to ease stress.
 
They also provide workshops and created a website to share advice with farmers around the world.
 
Mitch Breunig owns 400 cows at Mystic Valley Dairy in Sauk City. He's spent over $100,000 toward improvements. He's seen milk production increase from about 13 gallons a milk a day per cow to 15 gallons.
 
Breunig joined Wisconsin's Morning News to discuss the findings. To listen, click in the SoundCloud player above.
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