Have you ever wanted to shove your hand into a cow’s stomach? If so, Swiss farmers are committed to giving you a chance to do just that. When you see a hole in a cow’s stomach, it has been placed there for a reason and these installations are called rumen fistulas. A hole is cut into the side of each cow and a tube is inserted that goes down to the stomach.
A rubber gasket is used to keep the hole open and it is also sealed with a special cap. As soon as the cow has fully recovered from these procedures, it allows the farmers and vets are who are responsible for their care to more readily monitor their digestive processes and create the proper diet for them.
Each cow that is able to successfully fulfill farming objectives has the ability to be regulated and forward thinking farmers know that every great cow is full of helpful microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. The bacteria and fungi is what enables a cow to digest the plant material they consume.
The rumen chamber of the stomach is the most crucial to the digestive process and the microbes break down foods that the cows are unable to. If cows are having trouble with the digestive process, the stomach holes allow farmers to transplant the aforementioned bacteria and fungi in their stomachs.
The holes also give the farmer a chance to evaluate digestion and give their cows optimal foods. While PETA is less than thrilled about this procedure and believes that it only benefits the bottom line of certain industries, there are those who believe that it is good for the cow’s health.
It is believed that the stomach holes are useful to a cow’s overall longevity and if anything, the holes lead to them being overweight and well cared for. Be sure to pass this story along to your family and friends, so that you can enjoy a lively debate about the usefulness of this common farming tactic