Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Isn't it confusing, LOL!

She's a Vegan -- Pass the Cheesecake

Girl #1: So I was thinking about milk the other day. Milk comes from cows. And what do cows eat?
Girl #2: Other cows?
Girl #1: No, dumbass! They eat grass! So it stands to reason, when you drink milk, you're actually drinking liquified grass.
Girl #2: Ugh, gross! I'm so not drinking milk anymore.
Girl #1: Totally, that's why I drink soy.

--Veniero's, 11th St & 1st Ave

Here's another overheardinnewyork.com funny chit chat... I hope these girls aren't that serious when they were talking about milk. Cows, milk, soy and liquefied grass... it's more complicated than that... plus the fact that soy milk comes from a certain plant... and plus the fact that cows eat grass and not other cows, and that eating grass is for their nutrition... it maybe a main component in making milk, but the food intake has already been used to create milk by the mamallary glands... But milk is not liquefied grass, that's just gross. Well just read below to find out how cows create milk from grass.

Milk production begins with the cow. A mature cow eats, on average, 50 pounds of silage and drinks 25 to 50 gallons of water a day. A cow initially chews just enough to swallow. The food goes into the first chamber (called the rumen) of its four-part stomach. Later, the cow burps up small amounts of food and chews it again. The food then goes into the next chamber (reticulum) before passing through the final two chambers (abomasum and omasum), where bacteria and stomach acids work on it. Food provides cows with protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and bulk. It is also the raw material that makes milk. However, to begin producing milk, a cow must first give birth. The hormones released at birth and the sucking of the calf stimulate the cow to lactate (produce milk) for her calf. Cows produce the greatest amount of milk right after they give birth. If a cow is not milked, she will stop producing milk.

Milk is made and stored in the cow's udder, which is divided into four separate quarters, each having its own milk supply. When laden with milk, each section can be drained through one teat. First the farmer spray-washes the cow's udder with a warm iodine solution to control diseases. The milking machine cups are then attached and draw the milk from the udder into a system of pipes that transports the warm milk to a large storage tank for cooling. This milk is known as raw milk.


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