If Switzerland had a national beverage, it would be milk. The Swiss like their dairy so much, they have even figured out how to drink it as a soda beverage.
Along with their dairy, Swiss people also care a lot for its bovine source – the cows. After India, Switzerland is the country where finding lots of cows is rather easy. Farmers in Switzerland have found a way to increase their farming by taking care of their cattle.
They have been making giant holes in the stomach of the cows for the reason that will surely amaze you, and you will not even believe that can it be possible?
A revolution for dairy farming
For a country that celebrates dairy products and dairy farming, it’s necessary for them to take care of their precious cattle – their health, the nutrition and their diets. And for the same, Swiss people have come up with a simple, harmless solution.
The multi-chambered animals
The rumen chamber of the stomach is the most crucial to the digestive process, and the microbes break down foods that the cows are unable to. If cows are having trouble with the digestive process, the stomach holes allow farmers to transplant the aforementioned bacteria and fungi in their stomachs. It’s difficult to figure out if the cow is getting proper nutrition and is healthy, just by looking at it.
That’s why scientists devised a technique for the farmers. A cow is surgically fitted with a ‘Cannula’ – a porthole-like opening that gives direct access to the rumen (the first chamber in the stomach) of a cow. The only reason that a cow would be selected to be cannulated is for research purposes on ruminant microbial activity and rumen digestibility of various forages and mixed rations.
Monitoring their digestive process
As soon as the cow has fully recovered from these procedures, it allows the farmers and vets are who are responsible for their care to more readily monitor their digestive processes and create the proper diet for them.
This looks scary but is actually healthy
It is the safest way to examine the digestive process of the cow. The holes also give the farmer a chance to evaluate digestion and give their cows optimal foods.
Using this way, they can find out about the healthier varieties of crops for the cattle needs thereby making the cattle raising more efficient. By using it, the products obtained from cattle will be improved as well.
But not everybody thinks that way
When this way became a public knowledge, a lot of people were thinking that farmers are harming and torturing the cattle. Despite this being extremely helpful, some people just cannot get over the size of the gaping hole in the body of the cows exposing their insides like that.
If we look at its history, we will find that nothing of this sort has ever been practiced with cows or any other animal for that matter. So isn’t it disturbing or like a weird thing that Swiss farmers are doing with their cows?
What PETA has to say about it?
PETA finds this surgical technique, not as helpful as it seems. Although the surgery claims to be harmless and not reduce their life expectancy, the mutilation still has a 4- to 6-week recovery period, during which, according to PETA, the animals are uncomfortable.
Benefitting dairy industries’ bottom lines
They claim that the procedure seems mostly to benefit the meat and dairy industries’ bottom lines-optimizing food and digestion for animals who will ultimately be exploited and slaughtered.
There’s nothing to worry about
But the farmers and scientists approve that it’s only done for scientific research and nutritional studies of cattle diets, especially dairy cattle, much less so for beef cattle. Cows don’t feel pain by having that in her because of the local anesthesia, though initially after the surgery she may have a little pain for a short time, that is completely normal.