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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
on October 25, 2008
Clarabelle, an enormous Holstein dairy cow, has just given birth to a calf, which means that her body is now producing milk. Lots of milk. On the Norswiss family dairy farm, Clarabelle is milked three times a day, with each session yielding about five gallons of milk. The dairy farm, with about twelve hundred cows on the property, has a large milking center loaded with modern technology. Feeding the cows also involves high-tech features, including a feed mixture that is specially formulated by a nutritionist and communicated via computer to the feed mixer truck. Also on the premises, the cow manure goes through a type of recycling process that produces methane for electricity and leftover solids for bedding in the cow stalls.
Cris Peterson, who runs a large dairy farm herself, has provided readers with an instructive book about modern techniques in dairy farming. David Lunquist's photography is excellent, resulting in a set of clear and detailed pictures of Clarabelle and the milk production process. This book is recommended for children and adults seeking to learn something new about food and agriculture.