THE HISTORY OF DAIRY FARMING


It is well known in the scientific record that humans were not always consumers of milk from another species. After reaching childhood age (the age when most mammals are not going to drink milk) the ancestors of our lineage were not able to digest milk, and today there are many adults around the world that are not able to produce enzyme lactase, and enzyme that is needed to digest lactose or milk sugar.

If you are of European descent, you will have this particular gene, yet this is a relatively recent change in Homo sapiens, stemming back 7500 years. Your ability to digest milk, without getting sick, is because of two specific reasons. First of all, communities that were no longer dependent upon the growth of crops, which could fail, led to this occurrence, and second milk is likely to be less harmful than water supplies that were often contaminated.

There was this co-evolution of dairy farming and milk tolerance that worked together, leading to the over 260 million cows that we have around the world on dairy farms. About 100% of people of African, Asian, and Native American ancestry have developed what is called lactose intolerance by the time they are adults, and in black communities, this is about 70% of their population. If you do have lactose intolerance, you can have abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, bloating, and you may not be aware of what the ultimate cause is.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A DAIRY FARMING?


The exploitation and utilisation of cows, specifically their reproductive systems (plus the less commonly used goats and sheep), in order to make a substantial amount of milk for human consumption.

You might wonder why whales or moose, as well as dogs, are not used as much as, or if at all, when compared to milk cows that utilise milk pasteurisers UK. It doesn’t have to do with suitability, or even the taste. Cows are simply bigger, much bigger than dogs, and you cannot domesticate whales and moose. That’s all there really is to why this occurs.

HOW DOES A DAIRY FARM WORK?


Most people do not realise that cows do not naturally produce milk every day. Just like every other mammal, they must be impregnated, something that is designed to feed their young. To make sure that they are constantly producing milk, cows are impregnated artificially. They are selectively bred for the purpose of yielding as much milk as possible, despite how difficult this is on the animals – lameness, teat infections, and painfully distended udders are very common on dairy farms with cows. Of course, humanity is seldom satisfied with many things. That is why every drop of milk that is produced from a cow will only be used by humans, sparing not even a single drop for the calf of the cow that was born for which the milk was designed. Besides that, we just want to have the milk, and not the baby, and therefore the cows are immediately taken after birth from their mothers to preserve the milk that is produced. There will be a period of grieving for both the calf and the mother, which can last for days, and this is to be expected.

Inside of a hutch, newborn females are going to be isolated. Without the ability to nuzzle their mothers, or even interact with the herd, they often find themselves chained and are not even able to lie down until they are impregnated and ready to produce milk.

Since males are not able to produce milk, they can be useful, but because they are of the wrong breed, farmers are not going to feed them. They are instead used for the purpose of producing veal, and they are kept permanently week inside of crates, usually chained, making sure that their flesh is tender and pale. It is also possible that they will simply be shot in the head on the day of their birth.

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