Cow wash machine helps boost milk production

275x250.jpgIt looks like a car wash, but this 'cow wash' machine is actually the latest must-have gadget for farmers wanting to boost milk production.

Designed by Swedish firm DeLaval, the swinging cow brush was created to act as a 'self grooming' device for cows to help keep themselves clean, healthier and happier.

This is because a happy cow is said to produce as much as 3.5 percent more milk and therefore be much more valuable for the farmer.

The device works by starting to rotate when a cow makes contact with it, and then spinning at a speed which is pleasurable for the cow as it moo-ves under it.

Given the success of cow wash machines - more than 30,000 have been sold - it can't be long until the cows also start getting a pre-milking pedicure and makeover.
275x250.jpg A spokesperson for DeLaval said: "A cow that grooms herself with the swinging cow brush can produce more milk from the exact same resources and input.

"That is one of the reasons why it is so popular among dairy farmers.

"Improved general health leads to less treatment and culling costs so cow health is improved and farmers’ profits boosted."

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