Several weeks ago, I had intended to share a story about an Oregon farmer who invested more than $100,000 in waterbeds for his dairy cows. The trend apparently started in the Midwest and is starting to catch on. The principle is simple, according to farmer Ben Van Loon: "Happier cows, happier milk."
A recent story about a rancher feeding his cattle chocolate brought it to mind again. This time the principles motivating the farmer are more explicitly commercial and the disclaimer "not fit for human consumption" puts a damper on the illusion, but it is nevertheless amusing to think about a world where cows are pampered with waterbeds and chocolates.