Cows Want to Be Outside as Much as They Want Food

Give the cows what they want: pasture.
The majority of dairy cows in the United States don't spent time in pasture, which new research suggests they highly desire access to.
Dairy-cow Source: Russell Cheyne/REUTERS

How ardently do cows love going out to pasture? Quite a lot, it seems. As detailed in in , researchers came up with a scheme to measure how driven cows were to either access food or go out to pasture. The team, led by and at the University of British Columbia, steadily increased the amount of force it took for a cow to open a door that led to food or pasture.

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