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   Undertoad  Friday Nov 29 11:59 AM

11/29/2002: Swiss cow choppered home



Happy Friday. They have some massive mudslides in Switzerland, and after a particular mudslide there were 60 cows that were marooned from their usual home. They had to be airlifted to get back. No word on whether the grassy hills behind are where the cows came from. (Look at that, though - some of those fields are on a 60 degree angle. Farming in the Alps.)



Tobiasly  Friday Nov 29 12:16 PM

Good luck Bessie! Hang in there!



dasviper  Saturday Nov 30 11:14 AM

Cost/Benefit?

Does it occur to anyone else that the cost of 60 new cows might be less than the cost of airlifting 60 cows one-at-a-time?



Degrees  Saturday Nov 30 11:58 AM

Re: Cost/Benefit

Except that: what are you going to do with the old 60 cows? Turn them into steaks? Well... lets look at the steps. I could see this becoming a Laurel and Hardy (Or Dumb and Dumber) skit real quick:

Airlift the butcher in

For each cow, (up to sixty times):

Chase down a cow.
Kill it (this will make chasing down the other cows so much easier).
Field dress 500 to 2000 lbs of beef
Airlift the meat out before it spoils

And finally, when done,

Airlift the butcher out
Airlift people in to dispose of 60 carcass

No one it going to stand for the rancher just letting the cows starve to death (or breaking their legs trying to cross the mudslide).

And bringing the butcher in, and airlifting the meat out doesn't appear to be workable. (I believe that modern butchers get to work on a carcass that hangs from a track, so that they can slice off cuts without trouble).

So ultimately, airlifting the cows out is probably the most expedient. Although....

If the land was cut off my a mudslide, won't they eventually (re-) build a road to the stranded area? Why not just ATV in a bunch of hay bales until the road gets rebuilt? Or wait untill the snows come, which will freeze the mud so that the cows can walk on it?

Eh. Happy Cows come from California.



helen  Saturday Nov 30 07:04 PM

I think most cows in Switzerland are dairy cows, so we'd have to air lift the milk maids and their billowy patterned skirts would , well, billow out - exposing the lederhosen- causing young Swiss boys to yodel for joy and would cause a sales rush for Ricola.

Gotta save those cows, they provide the main ingredient in CHOCOLATE for goodness sakes.



dasviper  Saturday Nov 30 07:11 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by helen
...causing young Swiss boys to yodel for joy and would cause a sales rush for Ricola.....
No to mention more mudslides, and we fall into a vicious cycle.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 1 07:54 PM

DAMN! Cost / benefit?
Didn't any of you live on a farm.
Cows are family!!!!!!!!



MaggieL  Sunday Dec 1 09:38 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce

Didn't any of you live on a farm.
Cows are family!!!!!!!!
That's a misdemenor in Pennsylvania.


dasviper  Sunday Dec 1 09:39 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by MaggieL

That's a misdemenor in Pennsylvania.
What, bovine marriage, or familial butchery?


MaggieL  Sunday Dec 1 09:51 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dasviper
What, bovine marriage, or familial butchery?
Animal...erm..."husbandry". :-)


Undertoad  Sunday Dec 1 10:37 PM

Once again showing how the laws are made for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, to the demerit of everyone in between.



wolf  Sunday Dec 1 10:42 PM

Wasn't it James Carville who pointed out that Pennsylvania was Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in the middle?



elSicomoro  Sunday Dec 1 10:43 PM

Don't ask, don't tell.



wolf  Sunday Dec 1 10:56 PM

Re: your computer must have sound to hear this

Quote:
Originally posted by slang
<a href="http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/21b7c626/bc/cow-2.au?BCEcs69Acm8zd8Ox"><IMG src="http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/tsmileys/l.gif"></a>
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a lot of time on my hands..
The link to the file seems not to be working. I like the moocow pic tho'.


verbatim  Sunday Dec 1 11:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf
Wasn't it James Carville who pointed out that Pennsylvania was Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in the middle?
Ahem. Harrisburg and its suburbs arent bad. Cow country is Lancaster and Lebanon. For hicks, yea, thats Perry county. One stoplight and going strong........


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