I get asked lots of questions about dairy farming and farming practices and I must admit this one made me stop and think and take a step back.
Do dairy farmers in Australia “flame udders” and the question was accompanied by a 2005 ABC article I have reprinted below’ Vet urges farmers to flame cows udders
Now as I said this article is very old and I have never heard of this practice before .
What concerned me most was comparing a cows udder to a finger. I think it would have been a lot more convincing if the vet had said “This practice is so benign I would use it to remove hair from my genitals”
Waxing and laser hair removal isn’t a walk in the park but I would run a mile if some-one suggested removing hair on any part of my body with propane torch no matter how cool the flame was.
Vet Urges Farmers to Flame Cows Udders
American vet Dr David Reid has outlined the process to a dairy conference in Melbourne, as a way of preventing infections on teats.
He says using a gas jet is easier than the traditional method of clipping the cow’s hair.
“We just essentially just flame the hair right off the udder,” he said.
“It doesn’t hurt the cow, it’s like if you’re a little kid you and you’ve ever sat at the Christmas table and moved your finger above the flame of an orange candle, it’s the same deal – it doesn’t burn your finger if you keep it moving.”
The process is explained in more depth here
What is flameclipping (flaming)?
Using flame to singe hair from udders is a fairly new practice that has been developed to replace electric clipping. Flame-clipping is similar to singeing the hair off your arm. You don’t burn your arm because of the quick, short exposure to the flame. With flame-clipping, hair on the cow’s udder is removed with a propane torch using a cool flame. The flame is passed quickly under the udder to singe the hair off. It must be done correctly to remove hair thoroughly without burning the skin on the udder or teats. Flame clipping can be done in the milking parlor or in the larger feeding area. It takes only a few seconds per cow and should be done every 4 to 5 weeks.
Looking forward to some-one telling me I have over-reacted
My post has created some interest and a reader has sent me this again courtesy of the ABC
Spence Denny is brave, very brave
We’ve sent him to be frozen, we’ve made him take dancing lessons and today, we sent our roving reporter Spence Denny to the beauticians to get waxed.
It’s not just for our amusement.
A little bit of pain can go a long way towards helping make wishes come true.
It’s all part of a ripping campaign called Wax for a Wish, which encourages women to tear strips off the hairiest guy they know.
On 24 and 25 June, the Make A Wish Foundation is challenging blokes around Australia to be brave and wince through a few moments of wax-induced pain to help raise money for children and teenagers battling life-threatening medical conditions.
But it also makes for hilarious radio. Download the MP3 here