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post #1 of 23 Old 03-04-2020, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if anyone has watched "When Hope Calls" but I'm really bothered by the milk cow on it. I am surrounded by beef cows but there is a farm down the road a ways that does have milk cows and I know they are thinner. I know you can see their hip bones even when they are of a good weight, but should the cow be as thin as the one on that TV show? I can see it's backbone. It's very bothersome....

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I haven't seen the show in question, but dairy breeds tend to have prominent hip bones and backbones.
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I can't find anywhere online that shows a picture or video of the cow in question in this show, unfortunately. Any way you could find one and share it here?

I can say, however, that dairy cows are intended to be much thinner in muscle and fat mass than other cattle. This is because they are bred for their excess nutrients go to milk production rather than weight gain. Little muscle/fat mass is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as it's not a reflection of poor nutrition or malnutrition. Just like a 15hh Arabian is not going to have the same muscle and fat mass as a 15hh gypsy vanner, but they could both still be excellent models of health and fitness for their respective breeds.

As highly emphasized by my livestock animal professor, who is a veterinarian and teaches animal welfare courses - a skinny dairy cow does not automatically mean underfed or poor nutrition. In fact, she gets concerned about dairy cows whose bones are not visible. But it's impossible to know without a photo or video reference, guess I'd have to hunt down the movie and watch it.
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It bothered me so much I googled it. I went by the milk farm down the road and they look like they have both beef and milk cows (not in the same pasture). There is a huge difference between the two but even their milk cows don't look that bad. I'm wondering if it's because the black and white color kind of "hides" how thin they look and because the one on this show is brown I can see it all. Ribs, hips, backbone. I did google images of milk cows and they are definitely thinner. I'm just so used to the beef cows next door that this one looks awful to me!

I googled but can't find a photo of the cow.

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So... at about episode 6 the cow stopped showing up.... At first I thought she died of starvation but now I've decided they sent her to rehab for an eating disorder and when she comes back... she'll be fat.
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Some dairy breeds have much more prominent hips than others, so donít go off the rails, lol.


I found a video snippet of Graceís cow. That cow is a Jersey and they are a U.S. developed cow.

Hereís a picture of a Jersey in the show ring. Note those prominent hip bones. If they werenít meant to be like that, the cow would have never made it to the ring.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/histor..._breeds_jersey

And then there is the dairy cow behind the brown Jersey whose hip bone looks like it could impale someone but that is normal:)

Your neighbor down the road likely owns a breed of dairy cattle whose bones just arenít as prominent.

Just like different breeds of horses. People who grow up looking at Quarter Horses their entire life think thereís something wrong with Tennessee Walkers because they are ďso skinnyĒ, when they arenít skinny at all:)
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I've never paid a whole lot of attention to dairy cows, probably because I don't live near any but yeah I'm with Farmpony, compared to the Angus, Charolais and Brahmans that predominate around here those cattle are just grotesque with all their bones sticking out. YIKES! Not quite a skeleton with a hairy hide draped over but wow, that's a shocker.

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I've never paid a whole lot of attention to dairy cows, probably because I don't live near any but yeah I'm with Farmpony, compared to the Angus, Charolais and Brahmans that predominate around here those cattle are just grotesque with all their bones sticking out. YIKES! Not quite a skeleton with a hairy hide draped over but wow, that's a shocker.
We had Jersey milk cows when I was growing up; thatís why I knew what the cow was, when I found the video.

Having been raised with them, I just take those high hips for granted and wonder whatís wrong with the dairy cows who donít have them, lollolol.

In the 1950ís we sold milk commercially, so our cows had to be inspected and kept in good condition. Those high hips are just who Jersey cows are:)

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I was familiar with dairy cows as an aunt has a dairy so we made frequent visits and growing up with it never gave it a thought until I worked with dairies for composting. Our office manager's family owned one of the dairies we worked with and I got a pretty thorough education on the differences. By that time I was used to beef cattle mostly charolais and senepol that I worked with but saw a bit of the other breeds popular in the state like Angus and their crosses. Not shocking to see the boniness.
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I was familiar with dairy cows as an aunt has a dairy so we made frequent visits and growing up with it never gave it a thought until I worked with dairies for composting. Our office manager's family owned one of the dairies we worked with and I got a pretty thorough education on the differences. By that time I was used to beef cattle mostly charolais and senepol that I worked with but saw a bit of the other breeds popular in the state like Angus and their crosses. Not shocking to see the boniness.
And Iíll bet you drank fresh-out-of-the-cow-milk too

The first time I ever drank whole milk from the store, I thought I was drinking chalk water, lollol

My maternal grandmother stopped dairying before we did and would get bottled milk delivered to her. Even that didnít seem to taste as bad as what was on the grocers shelves.

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