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Resources on cows

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Holstein dairy cows grazing outdoors

RESOURCES ON DAIRY COWS

Here we have a great selection of films for students of all ages and a Power Point for primary pupils. They consider the different ways of farming dairy cows and what might be best for the welfare of the cow.

Primary resources

Power Point

Our Power Point Presentation is easy to use and looks at dairy cows and the ways that we farm them. It opens discussion around the benefits of higher welfare farming and what role we play. It is aimed for children aged 7-11 (KS2) but can easily be adapted for younger ones. The Power Point is designed to be interactive, there are questions throughout where you can pause to discuss. You might think of other things you would like to talk about as well.

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Short films about cow behaviour

More short films from the Ethical Dairy

This is the first commercial dairy in the UK in recent years to leave the calves with their mothers. Here we can see various cow behaviours and how calves would usually interact with their mother.

Some questions to consider while watching:

Film: Calves licking each other

Film: Calves licking each other

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Calves licking each other. 25 sec

See how one calf licks the others face. They have a strong bond. Would you call this affection?

Young dairy calves are often kept on their own to reduce the risk of disease. What do you think about this

Film: Cow licking her calf

Film: Cow licking her calf

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Mother licking her calf. 18 sec

This mother cow affectionately keeps her calf clean. What do you notice about the calf's response? Cows and calves develop a strong bond that can last a lifetime.

Film: Calf nuzzling mum

Film: Calf nuzzling mum

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Calf nuzzling mum. 11 sec

See how this calf affectionately rubs faces with mum. They have a strong bond and spend much of their time together.

Film: Calf feeding

Film: Calf feeding

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Calf feeding. 30 sec

Calf butting mum's udder to stimulate milk flow and then suckling. Watch this calf suckling from mum. This is an unusual sight on a dairy farm!

First, the calf butts the udder to stimulate milk flow and then suckles. The calf is taking a share of the milk and the rest is used to make cheese.

Film: Cows and calves in herd.

Film: Cows and calves in herd.

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Cows and calves in herd. 20 sec

Here you can see the rare site of dairy cows and calves as a group. What behaviours can you see?

Film: Cow scratching on brush

Film: Cow scratching on brush

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Cow using artificial scratch post 14 secs

Some dairies provide cows with artificial scratching posts when they are inside. This cow makes good use of this one to scratch her head!

Film: Indoor calf suckling

Film: Indoor calf suckling

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Indoor calf suckling 33 sec

This hungry calf takes a share of her mother’s milk, while they are staying inside in the winter months.

 

Film: Spring Turnout

Film: Spring Turnout

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Spring Turnout 2 min 20 sec.

Watch as the cows at the Ethical Dairy are let outside for the first time of the year! Why do you think they’re behaving this way?

Older students – secondary and college

Short films looking at different farming systems, intensive and extensive, for a variety of farm animals.

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