Local dairy farm works to create happy cows
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A dairy farm in Indiana is under scrutiny after a video produced by an animal welfare organization showed calves and cows being hit, choked, burned and more.
A local dairy farm is speaking out against the cruelty.
“Watching it provoked a lot of emotions in me that those people intended it to provoke and its pretty devastating,” said Dore Baker.
An employee at Chaney’s Dairy Barn says she is outraged by the treatment of the cows in the video.
“I wish I hadn’t watched the video is all I can say, and I think that more focus should be on the people who did the abuse and the people who allowed the abuse to go on, more so than anyone else, those are the people who are accountable, and I think we are losing sight of that,” said Baker.
Employees at Chaney’s Dairy Barn said they love their cows and take care of them, adding the abuse in the video is not the norm in the dairy industry.
“The cows eat before we do, the cows are taken care of before we take care of ourselves every day,” said Carl Chaney, owner of Chaney’s Dairy Barn.
Chaney’s has been passed down for generations, each generation learning how to tenderly care for their beloved animals.
“My great grandfather started farming here in 1888, my dad started milking cows in 1940,” said Chaney.
They even have a device that measures each cow specifically 24/7 to ensure the best for the animals.
“It’s called a transponder, I call it a fit-bit, the microphone in it records them regurgitating their feed, a cow that’s chewing her cud eight hours a day, that’s our goal, that a happy, healthy, content cow. Keeping your cows happy and healthy is one thing but being able to monitor it specifically with each individual cow is what those collars allow us to do,” said Baker.
The cows are even given their own names such as Mrs. Glimmer, Millie and Brooke.
Chaney’s even let WNKY’s Krista Garrison name a cow.
We will be introducing “Cow-abunga Sunrise” on SOKY Sunrise next week.