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A farmer from Tayside has sent a plastic robot cow to the Middle East in a bid to educate Saudi children about where milk comes from (from robot cows, perhaps? -Ed). Kenny Farquharson describes himself as a "plastic farmer" and builds life size beasts to show children how nature works. His latest creation - a fully milkable …
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Having spent many many holidays on my Gandmothers farm as a child I became a dab hand at milking cows, and
having dealt with real cows, their foibles, attitudes to milking and occasional grumpiness and foot stomping I think the idea is a stroke of genius. It's so much safer for the children than a real one. Instead of a minefield of red tape and compliance with Health and Safety legislation, he only needs to have the thing PAT tested.
It was the geese that gave me nightmares, they never took to me.......... I really don't like them you know.
Good one. >_<
Geese- They're in your blood- but wouldn't it be your Gandfather, and Goosmother?
Will cow gags get milked...
Someone will have a beef with this story...
I know where the door is thanks... No need to push!
You'd better hoof it! (I know I am.)
I am cowed by your inventiveness.
Actually, Saudi has the world's largest dairy farm - http://www.alfaisaliah.com/index.asp?id=125
And some parts of the country are incredibly fertile; especially when you get up into the northern mountains where it even snows!
Yep, bizarrely enough Saudi Arabia actually produces too much milk for domestic requirements, after some over-enthusiastic investment in the dairy sector. At least, that was the case several years ago; a quick google didn't yield any current information.
with respect to the question "where does milk come from?"...
aren't Saudi children breastfed??
That's what I didn't understand. They article said the cow was built for a company that runs dairy farms but they were having trouble finding a cow. My first thought was that if you are going to have a dairy farm you probably want some cows but then figured maybe they're running the farm vaporware style and just waiting for outside investors to come along.
Then I discover they have a thriving dairy industy complete with their own cows. I don't get it.
You forgot to mention this is also the site of the UK's best bacon sarnie, as voted by El Reg readers.
I guess probing bacon sarnies is what you do when not following the UK's leading on-line lesbian magazine?
Bacon and Sarnie^WSaudi Arabia in the same sentence? Shocking.
The cow is just a container... I don't see anything robotic about it
Cows are born small and stretchy. Then they drink themselves full of milk until big and round. When empty, you eat them. There must be a conservation law for milk or something.
First, assume a spherical cow...
..but since it's "Friday" here in Khamis Mushayt, so we don't need the IT angle, right? Or was that an udderly ludicrous assumption?
even robotic tits. Had he accompanied his produce (product) he might have come back minus his hands, if not genitals, feet and head in a poke.
Is that real milk being squeezed from the faux cow? If so, how is it put in the cow? Does the cow have a refrigeration unit to preserve the milk? Is the milk full fat? Do the kiddies drink the milk? Are Arabs lactose intolerant?
So many questions, so few answers!
The magic of The Milking Cow will be broken when some kid sees the head removed and the body being filled by a skrungy maintenance guy with a pumping cart.
Children born and raised in a large city (like mine is) strongly believe that grocery refrigerators are the real producers of milk boxes. I had to take mine to some sort of a museum-like farm where he was confronted with the unpleasant truth when meeting the real thing. I find this somewhat sad thinking that unlike him, I had the opportunity to spend a good part of my childhood at my grandparents small farm in the company of a variety of such utility pets. On the other hand he is much better than me at using my mobile phone.
Isn't it about time they replaced all the real cows with robot ones? I mean they could even be self-pasteurising and self-cleaning and smell of roses, and really wear bells and say moo, and not go bonkers, regardless of the conditions in which they are kept and what they are fed.
Nellie the Robotic Cow
What an udderly fantastic idea!
Don't confuse a laban mustache with a labian mustache whatever you do.
Aren't camels used as a source of milk in the Middle East and North Africa?
Why could one of these be used instead?
... will kick you in the face if you milk them in an unpleasant way, or or if you are lucky, they'll just topple you bucket.
Does the robot cow has a similar function implemented?