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Nov 16, 2006
Name: an unnamed cow
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By Jessica Marszalek,

A COW has gone for a four-hour swim in the surf in a bizarre bovine spectacle before drowning off Queensland's coast.

The two-year-old Brahman-cross escaped from a nearby paddock during a muster at Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg, on Sunday and travelled 2km to where it was spotted by beachgoers paddling 300m out to sea.

Owner Neville Atkinson said when police phoned him to report his missing cow had been sighted swimming in the ocean it was the strangest thing he had ever heard.

"She jumped through the fence and raced down towards the ocean and that was the last they (the drovers) saw of her," Mr Atkinson said.

"We searched all along the ocean front ... well, we didn't look in the water, we didn't expect her to be in the water.

"She was probably a bit upset from the morning chase but why she went in the water I'll never know."

A crowd of more than 100 were drawn to the beach as word spread about the body surfing cow, which swam for three hours, coming to shore twice before returning to the waves.

Mr Atkinson and a friend eventually took a tinnie out to try to rescue the cow which was paddling in water around 7m deep but could not bring her to land.

She eventually drowned from swallowing water.

University of Queensland school of animal studies lecturer John Gaughan said it was the first time in 20 years he had heard of such strange behaviour.

Dr Gaughan, who researches cattle heat stress, said cows were good swimmers and often waded out into dams.

But he said to swim in the ocean for that long was bizarre.

"If it was very hot it might have been just trying to cool off but it's unusual behaviour to actually go out and start swimming around the ocean," he said.

"It is unusual, I've never seen anything like that."

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Posted: Nov 16, 2006 2:08am
Jun 15, 2006
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Read
Location: New Zealand

Bull farmers host 'live sex shows'

June 14, 2006,20281,19472050-5001028,00.html

LIVE "sex shows" of bulls mounting a simulated cow have become a big attraction at an agricultural exhibition taking place in New Zealand.

The fake 'cow' – a small go-kart with natural cowhide on its roof – was developed by Ambreed New Zealand Ltd to collect semen from bulls more safely and efficiently and improve artificial breeding of cows.

Similar machines are widely used in Europe but have yet to be introduced in New Zealand, where dairy products are its largest export.

The go-kart, driven by a human operator, draws close to a bull and adjusts to the proper height.

The experience can be a little alarming.

"It's quite a daunting feeling when you consider you've got a bull there that weighs a thousand kilograms sitting on top of you and is in quite an aggressive mood," Andrew Medley, production manager at Ambreed, said.

Bull semen is commonly obtained using a rubber device which is put in place manually by two handlers.


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Posted: Jun 15, 2006 11:37am
May 12, 2006
Focus: Peace
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
To be a mother is not typically human... Think about it when you'll have lunch & dinner next sunday...

they are mothers too

Other mothers can be seen here:
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Posted: May 12, 2006 6:52am
Apr 29, 2006

April 27 - A livestock officer from Trangie, west of Dubbo, is about to embark on a study trip to Japan to examine how cows behave.

The researcher from the Department of Primary Industries, Bob Kilgour, has been studying animal behaviour at the Trangie Agricultural Institute and will travel to Japan to study the behaviour of cattle in Japanese beef production conditions.

Mr Kilgour says the results should be able to be used to determine which animals are best suited to intensive production systems.

"Cattle are as individual as human beings," he said.

"It's just that we don't think of them in that way, I must admit if I was a cow with a pair of binoculars on Wynyard Station at peak hour I'd probably not think there was too much individuality in human beings either but we know that there is."
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