Dairy cows are bred for the purpose of giving milk. While this seems like a great job for a cow (when compared to the alternative), it turns out that cows can become agitated and upset. Farmers have found that when a cow is distressed, the milk they create isn't as plentiful as it should be. While you'd think this would mean farmers may give their cows a little bit of extra room or a few more bales of hay, some have gone even farther than that to ensure the happiness of their cows.
Some farmers have taken to creating waterbeds so their cows can enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and others have started piping classical music into the barn. But to truly make happy cows, some farmers have taken to hiring people in massage careers to make sure their cows are adjusted and relaxed. "It's kind of like how an athlete with a sprained ankle isn't as productive," said Larry Meyer, whose parents own the dairy farm, told the Associated Press. "If you can get a cow healthy and back to normal, it makes a difference in their productivity."
Would you be a massage therapist for a cow? What do you think of this practice?