Text on screen: agriculture: then and now
Text on screen: milking cows
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Text on screen: then
Then: Farmers used a stool and a bucket to milk their cows by hand. Cows had to be milked on schedule…
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…one at a time, twice a day…
Text on screen: twice a day
…every day, for six to eight months of the year. One cow could produce about 1,000 liters of milk per year.
Text on screen: 1,000 litres/year
[Image fades to a black and white image of a woman using a computerized device to milk a cow.]
Text on screen: now
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Now: Thanks to superior genetics, customized diets and highly automated systems, one cow produces about 8,500 litres of milk per year.
Text on screen: 8,500 litres of milk per year
Some farmers are even using robots to milk and feed their cows.
Text on screen: robotic milker
[Image fades to a picture of happy cows in a modern barn.]
These farmers have more time to monitor their animals, and their cows move freely in the barn, eating, sleeping and getting milked when they please.
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We’ve come a long way.
Text on screen: We’ve come a long way.
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Text on screen: (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food (2017)