Cow Grafitti at the Royal

Every year, hundreds of farmers and farm-related professionals head to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Agri-Food Industries invited the CML to set up a “Teat Tweet” booth at The Royal (as insiders call it). But I was simply too busy to make it happen. Then Lely Robotics offered to sponsor the booth, which means we had no choice. After all, they gave us a cow.

The cow has appeared on our blog before. It’s a sideshow that helps draw a crowd — a crowd that draws on the cow. Haha. In any case, I packed that cow into a UHaul this week and headed for The Royal. Here is a shot of our booth at this enormous and overwhelming event:

Here at the Royal, kids will work for free cheese curds.

Here at the Royal, kids will work for free cheese curds.

Speaking of kids (not the kind that produce cheese curds), our poor cow was swarmed by hoards of unsupervised school children, eager to graf up Bessie’s sleek, resin hide. The photo below gives a sense of the chaos at our booth.

We need to put sensors on the cow to detect profanities.

We need to put sensors on the cow to detect profanities.

The booth will be up until November 14, and I’m guessing that at some point we’ll have to hide the markers, crayons, and chalk that the Agri-Food folks have provided. In the meantime, anyone in the vicinity should head to The Royal and check out what farming is really about — low-tech stuff like genetic engineering.

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International semen marketing makes for famous cows.

The next time you picture a cow in a barn being milked by a strong-handed farmer in overalls and a plaid shirt, remember Semex. Farming ain’t what it used to be. In fact, The Royal even showcased a new breed mechanical cow that seems to provide an endless supply of milk. Impressive.

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Even a kid can milk one of these high-tech beasts. Amazing.

I guess the next step is to attach a Lely robotic milking apparatus to this cow, thus providing an infinite flow of milk for the modern masses.