"Robots allow the cows to set their own hours, lining up for automated milking five or six times a day — turning the predawn and late-afternoon sessions around which dairy farmers long built their lives into a thing of the past. With transponders around their necks, the cows get individualized service. Lasers scan and map their underbellies, and a computer charts each animal’s 'milking speed,' a critical factor in a 24-hour-a-day operation. The robots also monitor the amount and quality of milk produced, the frequency of visits to the machine, how much each cow has eaten, and even the number of steps each cow has taken per day, which [...]
The Loony Left ("John Cusack's personal chef"), the Loony Libertarians (the "Constitutional Sheriffs Association"!), religious enclaves (the Amish, of course) and the Wacky Health Nuts Who Say Hot, Poop-Covered Eggs And Stuff Cure Allergies and Cancer have all found a common ground: the government crackdown on raw milk. (Much more about the battle over raw milk here, subscription-only in the New Yorker.) I also like raw milk! But I also hate dying from bacteria.