5 Ways Cows Live Better Than College Students

by Brianna Gwirtz

I love college, but the college lifestyle can be rough. Balancing classes, studying, a social life and household chores can make for a long day. During my summer internship with the American Dairy Association Mideast I made a startling discovery: dairy cows live better than I do!

Need proof? Read on to see for yourself!

cows relaxingDairy Cows Are Well Rested
While most college students are pulling all-nighters, dairy cows are getting plenty of rest. In fact, cows spend an average of 12-14 hours a day just relaxing! The rest of their day is spent eating, walking around and being milked.

freestall strawDairy Cows Have Comfy Beds
Dorm rooms aren’t known for their luxurious beds. Cows get to relax on clean, comfy beds made of soft straw, rubber mattresses, sand or even water beds! Dairy farmers are definitely committed to their cow’s comfort, and I couldn’t be more jealous.

cows eatingDairy Cows Have Nutritionists
You won’t find a dairy cow eating ramen noodles and cereal for dinner! Every bite of a cow’s diet is perfectly balanced with the help of a dairy nutritionist. At least they don’t need to worry about gaining the freshman fifteen!

cow hoovesDairy Cows Get Pedicures
It’s been awhile since I have visited a nail salon, but most dairy cows get pedicures annually! A Hoof Care Specialist visits the farm to trim and file cow’s hooves, which are made of keratin, just like our fingernails. I wonder if cows prefer gel polish or acrylics?

cleaning barnDairy Cows’ Messes Aren’t Their Problem
My bedroom is so messy it makes me miss the days when my mom helped clean my room. Luckily, dairy farmers are quick to clean up after their cows. Farmers remove manure from their barns daily using scrapers or skid steers, and some even flush their barns with recycled water!

Brianna Gwirtz

Brianna is the Communication Intern for the American Dairy Association Mideast. She currently attends The Ohio State University where she is studying agricultural communication. In her free time, Brianna enjoys helping on her family's grain farm, learning photography and playing with her 140 lb Rottweiler.

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