Comfort not Chemicals

“Keep the animals as quiet as possible, avoiding excessive movement or labor, taking care that there be no disturbing causes for excitement, such as fear, anxiety, or solicitude, for these waste food, and check the secretion of milk to a much larger extent than most people imagine. The principle is true, whether acknowledged or not, that the more comfortable we make our milk stock the better will be the results. If during the heat of the day cattle seek shade and lie down to rest, their quietness, comfort and enjoyment will add more to the milk-pail than food taken in discomfort and excessive exercise.”

Xerxes Willard, Practical Dairy Husbandry (1872).

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