Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's in a name

Extra dairy products, say the scientists:
Cows given names are happier and more productive, scientists claimed yesterday.

Be it Daisy, Buttercup or Ermintrude, such dairy cattle produce an extra pint and a half of milk a day, research showed. equates to an extra 6,800 gallons a year at an average-sized dairy farm.

The Newcastle University study found that naming cows encourages farmers to treat them as individuals, cutting stress levels and boosting milk yield.

Researcher Dr Catherine Douglas said: 'Just as people respond better to the personal touch, cows also feel happier and more relaxed if they are given a bit more one-to-one attention.'

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