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Is there a cow that gives lactose free milk?

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You will be fine, as long as you refer to the livestock as "Moovable Ballast"...
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

I think this is novel but unless your boat has some sort of PEN enclosure its not very feasible. All the urine and feces and extra provisions needed. Not to mention the need to milk in rolling seas from a perhaps not so docile and maybe even sea sick cow. Pasteurization? 90' wont have to worry too much about weight shifts unless she is kept on the side- so obviously a center pen is desired.
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

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might wanna see if ther eis a worlds smallest cow...
Zeehag,

You are very astute. Here is a picture of me and Bessie, and a few yards of 1/2" Sta-set line that I borrowed from the lazy jacks.



I did not ask Bessie's opinion on this. She has sailed with us on numerous day trips.

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Could be a performance plus. You just need to teach the cow to go to the high side when sailing.

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Cows can only walk up stairs, not down. (A common college pranks is to lead a cow upstairs to a classroom.) We have installed stairs flat on the deck for this exact reason, she naturally walks up. Bessie always helps out with the heeling. I was able to remooove some lead ballast, which is where I put the milk tank.

In a rough sea we get really good churned butter.

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Bene, I am sure that you have also given some thoughts about the safety of your herd (err.. crew) with hefty dyneema lifelines and a good and easy to clean non-skid? Also, a bimini to shelter them from the sun?

If I may suggest, consider taking a donkey to help you on supermarket trips and to to carry the feed when re-provision becomes necessary - perhaps the canvas shop that make your bimini can also create some neat sumbrella pouches. Donkeys are small, don't care much for water and are great load carrying animals and he will be good company for Bessie and the chicks.

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

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Not a problem. We pretty much only drink raw milk around here and some folks from Maryland formed clubs that adopt PA cows so they can get raw milk.
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Back in the early '70's we did several off-shore races out of Southern Chile with one Holstein and two Jerseys aboard for to provide steady supply of butter.

It's very, very important that you build a gimbaled platform with a squeeze chute for each cow. This ensures they stay level and don't get seasick. Cleaning up 22 pounds of warm cud is never joyful. Also make sure to bring along a couple of tons of coastal grass hay. We actually had to deploy one of the bales as a drogue off Cape Horn. Handy stuff.
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Not a problem. We pretty much only drink raw milk around here and some folks from Maryland formed clubs that adopt PA cows so they can get raw milk.
I am sure you know better than I do- but are there not significant health risk from this practice?
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I am sure you know better than I do- but are there not significant health risk from this practice?
I think you'll be crushed by the livestock long before any disease can kill you.
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