this thing handles like a cow


(Official Disclaimer)

Holy cow, never ever ever let stress get to an INTP. They honestly cannot handle it. They must not be used to it or something, because in my experience INTPs freak out in the most passive-aggressive way imaginable and start micromanaging everything that moves. It’s truly horrifying. Like good grief, guys. An INTP I knew was freaking out so badly he was trying to micromanage a very, very capable team of two ENTJs and one ISTJ. Like, whoah… we’ve got this. Chillax.

Another thing INTPs can stumble on is not knowing when to back off the joke. INTPs have this adorable Super Troll hidden behind their cute little faces and innocent demeanors. Sometimes that’s great and funny and cool. Other times INTPs can take the joke way too far and create serious resentments and enemies. Just be careful.

Also, get your shit together. Being weeks behind on your homework is not cool. Pull it together, manage your time more wisely, realize that being busy is not a valid excuse (everyone is busy, guys), and turn your stuff in on time. This is for your own good, I promise. Punctuality is a life skill.

rjdaae  asked:

I got this interesting animal care book at the book sale the other day, and it talks a lot about farm animals in particular, and it has me wondering, what's the routine like on a dairy farm? Like, how do you handle the cows, what's the process for milking them, things like that?

It sounds like a book I’d love to have!

There’s not really any fixed routine, certainly not at home. Some farmers have a set time at which they milk their cows every day, but that can be very restrictive which is why we don’t. The milking time tends to dictate the length of the working day. Generally, a cow is happy if she’s milked every 8-16 hours, with 12 hours being in the optimum.

Even cow handling varies between farms. As much as possible we try to handle them gently - soft voices, being careful to walk through them without disturbing them, moving them carefully and not unduly rushing them. At this time of year, they’re housed all the time, so they’re associating with us on a regular basis. In the next few weeks (maybe even the next few days, it depends on the weather) they’ll be let out to grass, with the option of coming into the shed at night or if it’s wet, but that will be their own choice. For the first few weeks of spring some farmers let them out by day but keep them in at night, but we find that makes the cows more restless so we give them the choice where they want to be and generally they’ll choose outside. Of course, when they’re outside they only associate with people at milking time, so they become a little bit wilder. This is especially noticeable with the younger animals who aren’t milking yet, or those that are in their dry period before calving. They can get very wild, and gentle handling and feeding them small amounts of concentrates is necessary to keep them under control.

As for milking, we let them into the parlour for that. In our parlour we can milk 12 at a time - some parlours are a lot bigger, and some are smaller. We let them, clean off their teats, feed them concentrates, put the clusters on their udders, and wait for the machine to milk them out. Though there’s very little waiting because when one cow is milking the next cow is being readied to milk, so there’s always something to be at. Then once we take the cluster off we spray their teats with a post-milking dip. The one we use is iodine-based, but iodine based sprays are being phased out so we will have to switch to one of the chemical-based ones. And once they’re sprayed, we let them back out to shed or the field!

Different cows react differently to being milked. In general they’re getting milked twice a day every day for an average of ten months at a time, so some cows are very calm in the parlour and don’t really care about the whole thing, especially the older cows. Younger cows can be a bit more restless, which is where feeding concentrates comes in useful to settle them. Some cows kick, some cows bully the cow either in front or behind them, some of these traits run in families. Some cows get restless in the parlour after calving, and some settle back into the routine without an ounce of trouble.

Feeding concentrates - usually as nuts - has a number of benefits. Keeping the cows quiet, keeping them full, giving them additional energy and protein to boost milk production, and giving them additional minerals. The additional minerals - primarily calcium and magnesium, but others too - are particularly important in the spring, autumn, or periods of stress, because at these times the cows are more likely to become acutely deficient in magnesium, which if not caught early can kill them. This is why we believe in feeding nuts all year round, regardless of how well a cow is milking. Some farmers only feed a cow based on how much milk she gives, and some don’t feed them at all in summer, but we prefer to feed them always.

There’s honestly so much discussion and debate over every little thing to do with livestock, and every farmer will do something differently, even if it’s only using different antibiotics!

I can talk about this stuff for days. And thank you for asking! XD

the sings as things my biology teacher has said
  • Aries: "nobody wants a short german shepard"
  • Taurus: "*cold stare*"
  • Gemini: "that cheese cracker will not be talked about"
  • Cancer: "just replace the cows with dogs"
  • Leo: "none of you would be able to handle seeing me do the whip"
  • Virgo: "well you see if a male "cow" had milk it wouldn't really be milk"
  • Libra: "don't staple a paper like this, do it like THIS"
  • Scorpio: "no bueno"
  • Sagittarius: "so you get a black horse and a white horse and blend them togeth-...nO NO DONT DO THAT"
  • Capricorn: "wow thanks mrs. stankrauff i bought you lunch and got this kind of thanks"
  • Aquarius: "mrs. stankrauff wouldn't even be able to punch my face from her height"
  • Pisces: "well i know nobody likes notes and i dont like notes but hey guess what we're doing notes"
Veterinary medicine is really weird

Today, I had a “lab” at my school’s dairy farm where we practiced basic cow handling skills, PEs, and other diagnostic tests. While there, I suddenly started reflecting on how WEIRD veterinary medicine can be. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Grey’s Anatomy lately, but I feel like human doctors probably take some things for granted. Do MDs ever genuinely fear for their lives/bones when they approach a patient for a routine blood draw or a rectal temp? Does part of their basic physical exam training include how to tie a quick-release knot and how to run away if your patient throws a temper-tantrum? I literally wrestled with a 1,200-1,800lb creature today, sticking my entire wrist between her teeth just to restrain her head. I don’t even lift weights (bro); how am I qualified to do this?? 

What a strange career path I’ve chosen. I fucking love it.