Pampered cows pay off for farmer
Jusuf Arifajic's cows sleep on mattresses. They rest in a barn with a computerized air conditioning and lighting system. They are bathed regularly. They even get massages. Relaxing music makes sure milking is not stressful.
"Nobody should envy my cows. Everybody should just realize that the visa for the future is science," said Jusuf Arifajic. He is a 52-year-old farmer who lives in northwestern Bosnia. That country is part of Europe.
Arifajic and his 25 employees monitor the rubber-floored barn on computer screens. Most of the animals hang out by the automatic car wash-style brushes. That's how they can enjoy massages.
Arifajic believes pampered cows give more milk a day than regular cows. He thinks about a gallon more per day. Multiply that by hundreds of cows. The expensive technology pays off in just a few years, he said.
Arifajic brought the concept of pampering cows from Norway. He lived there after fleeing from Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
Arifajic invested $11 million into the farm that started four months ago. He imported 115 Norwegian Red Cows. The animals are a tough and hornless animal. They produce more and better milk. Arifajic wants to eventually expand to 5,000 cows.