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I am sure you know better than I do- but are there not significant health risk from this practice?
So the media would have you believe.

There are three farms within a few miles of me that sell raw milk. I've been drinking it for years. While I don't want anyone to see me as an example, I don't have the best immune system and I'm still kicking. So is the rest of my family. I think PA does a decent job of keeping up with the farms and there was one incident at a farm that I'm aware of but the officials said that it was isolated and didn't mean raw milk overall was a problem.

Anyway, that's my opinion only. Everyone has to decide individually what they put into their bodies (saying that to nip off THAT discussion).
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Here's our mast man taking a slug during our last race. He's 23 years old and 23" tall - really easy to hoist aloft. Drinking it straight didn't seem to affect him.

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

How far out do you have to sail for an overboard, ahem, dump. Cows make lotsa poo.
Cows need a calf to start milk production. Once the calf is weaned, the milk continues as long as the cow is milked, but slows over time. Dairy cows usually get freshened up with a new calf every so often to reset for max milk production.
As for health risks, there are bigger, nastier, more common bugs in our hospitals than you'll see from raw milk produced by a healthy cow.

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Have you given any thought to what kind of deck shoes she needs, you know like, a good pair of dairy topsiders ?

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You will definitely need chickens.

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Cow's make excellent crew. They don't complain, and don't clog up the head. They actually bring something to drink when they cruise with you. They'd be happy staying on the barge, and not tromping through the cabin with sandy feet from swimming at the beach. I'm sure they could be trained to moo according to Colregs timing, and even moo one prolonged, two short while under sail in restricted visibility. If you like to race, I don't recommend cows on the foredeck; however, they make excellent tacticians, as they don't keep throwing opinions on which way the next lift is coming, they pretty much keep to themselves.

Yea, this is a great idea!
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Another good thing when travelling with cows is that they predict rain. Unfortunately to get a good Probability of Precipitation (POP) you need 100 cows - that way you will always know the % POP by just counting the cows that are lying down.
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Here's our mast man taking a slug during our last race. He's 23 years old and 23" tall - really easy to hoist aloft. Drinking it straight didn't seem to affect him.

I like my milk to be really cold. Do they have cow witches?
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

They can also be a very effective means of piracy and/or crime deterrent while cruising.



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