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Old 02-13-2005, 08:09 AM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Southampton
Posts: 1,003
Can dairy cows die if they aren't milked?

A colleague of mine recentley claimed that if you don't milk dairy cows they die. I immediatley pronounced this as 'bollocks' but after a few more people got involved in the dicussion doubt started to set in. Someone speculated that because they were bred specifically to be milked they may have some kind of genetic fault that means they can't stop producing milk, I still think it is rubbish but I can't find any proof online - any vets out there with the straightdope?