What heaven looks like for a dairy cow

Last night I’d just finished setting up a fresh paddock for the cows when the first of our ladies to leave the dairy strolled in.

Black and white bliss

Black and white bliss

I reckon I could have sat on this cow’s back stark-naked playing the banjo for all she cared. She was in a heaven all her own. Her herd mates weren’t far away though and when they saw what was waiting for them…

It’s only the second time they’ve grazed this newly-renovated pasture and they love it. The grass comes with a special type of fungus called the AR37 endophyte, which makes the grass naturally more resistant to pests (with huge environmental gains). Endophytes are nothing new but, traditionally, they come at a cost: the taste test. Cows seem not to like the old endophytes as much and they can even cause health issues for the cows.

AR37, on the other hand, is meant not to have any impact on palatability or cow health and, judging by the cows’ reactions, I’d say they’d give it three Moochelin stars!

3 thoughts on “What heaven looks like for a dairy cow

  1. Three Moochelin Stars. Really Marian?
    (Very punny!)

    One thing I’ve wondered – does it have to be ryegrass to host the endophytes or would it be possible to use native grasses (no good for milk cows but maybe in pastoral areas for beef/sheep it might help)?

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