Pampered cows pay off for farmer
Pampered cows pay off for farmer A Norwegian Red cow waits for food inside a farm in the village of Kozarac, near Bosnian town of Perijedor
Pampered cows pay off for farmer
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There is reason to envy Jusuf Arifajic's cows. His animals sleep on mattresses in a barn with a computerized air conditioning and lighting system. They are bathed regularly, get a massage whenever they feel like it and receive the occasional pedicure.

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, the 52-year-old farmer everybody around Kozarac in northwestern Bosnia is talking about.

Arifajic and his 25 employees monitor every corner of the rubber-floored barn on computer screens. Most of the animals prefer to hang out by the six automatic car wash-style brushes, enjoying massages. A computer regulates the temperature, the quality of air and the lighting, keeping the cows healthy.

Arifajic's calculation: Pampered cows give five liters more of milk a day. Multiply that by hundreds of cows and "although initially expensive, advanced technology really pays off in just a few years," he said.

Arifajic brought the concept of pampering cows from Norway, where he lived as a refugee after fleeing from Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Arifajic invested $11 million into the farm that started four months ago with the importation of 115 Norwegian Red Cows. The animals are a tough and hornless animal bred over the past 75 years to produce more and better milk. Arifajic wants to eventually expand to 5,000 cows.

Critical thinking challenge: How does the farmer get an ROI (return on investment) by spending money to pamper his cows?

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  • Nord-wolves
    5/12/2014 - 03:46 p.m.

    His idea is smart, and he can get his money back very easily in a short amount of time. The reason behind my statement is that if the cows are relaxed they make more and richer milk, to sell for more money than other companies.

  • traw-KK
    5/12/2014 - 04:02 p.m.

    so nhiscow will be healthy and have the right wight and good meet to eat so people can stay healthy to . so humans wont get sick or fat when they eat it

  • LaurenM-1
    5/12/2014 - 08:06 p.m.

    Jusuf Arifajic is a 52 year old farmer that owns a farm that started four months ago with 115 cows. Unlike most other farmers, he believes the cows should be pampered in order for them to produce more milk. His Norwegian Red Cows sleep on mattresses and get massages whenever they want while enjoying the computerized air conditioning and lighting system. Arifajic brought the idea of pampering cows from Norway to his farm in northwestern Bosnia. He is eventually planning to expand to 5,000 cows, this shows that the $11 million he invested into the farm has paid off. I think it is a very good idea although it is unusual, I would never have thought this is the solution for cows to produce more milk.

  • garrettA-4
    5/12/2014 - 08:45 p.m.

    There is a farmer in North Bosnia who is pampering his red cows by letting them sleep on mattresses, listen to relaxing music while milking, using air conditioning and special lighting and enjoying massages and the occasional pedicure. The 52 year-old farmer, Jusuf Arifajic, says that the cows that are treated better produce 5 liters more of milk a day. Arifajic invested $11 million into the farm with 115 Norwegian Red Cows and expects to have a return on his investment in 2 years. If I had to be a cow,I would definitely want to be at this farm.

  • nnj28girlgamer
    5/13/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    i think pampering cows is a great idea if they produce more milk than a one that is not pampered.pampering the cows with technoligy that cost money will pay off becuase of the mount of money they are getting from milk.

  • TheAlex33301
    5/13/2014 - 08:45 a.m.

    OMG! This a cool article I really like it. These cows are pretty cool. I love the pictures to support this article. This is pretty cool.

  • katieberg
    5/13/2014 - 01:57 p.m.

    I think that most cows are going to be eaten anyways, so why spend all that money on pampering them? Cows are cows, why would you treat them better than humans? If this farmer got too much money its understandable, but if not then what's the big deal about a cow? If you want more milk spend that 11 million on milk.

  • KalebGreenQ4
    5/13/2014 - 04:49 p.m.

    I think it is unusual to have a cow sleep on a mattes. that is a lot of Manny to spend on the farm. 5,000 cows is to jenny for me if i had cows.

  • corapurpleQ4
    5/13/2014 - 04:49 p.m.

    Thats an interesting subject about cows, and it is also weird that cows get all those things and most humans have nothing. And I thought that milk is milk there is no better or worse milk, but that is just my opinion.

  • John0724-YYCA
    5/14/2014 - 01:24 a.m.

    I never these interesting facts about pampering cows. The cows should be really healthy right now. The good thing is that the cows get free massaging when they feel like to. I wish I could get all the things that the cow does.

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