Ex-dairy cows can now be hired as ‘Lawn-mooers’ to maintain people’s gardens by doing what they do best: eating grass.
The world’s first animal gardening service, launched by cell-based milk startup Real Deal Milk,
Gives ex-dairy cows a new, stress-free life, while helping homeowners to keep their gardens tidy.
People interested in hiring a ‘Lawn-mooer’ can apply for the exclusive service online, but they will be vetted and must agree to feed, water and provide accommodation to their new employee.
The company is calling on members of the public who are interested in ditching the FlyMo and welcoming a ‘FlyMoo’ into their life to get in touch.
‘Lawn-mooers’ will be delivered to vetted customers’ gardens and left to carry out the grass-eating service straight away, free of charge.
There are many benefits to keeping a ‘Lawn-mooer’; as well as keeping your lawn trim, their manure is also great compost.
A ‘Lawn-mooer’ is not just for Christmas, though – customers must commit to employing their service for at least two years.
With the price of milk so low, farmers often drain dairy cows for every drop of milk to ensure profits are made.
This can mean cows often live in cramped and stressful conditions. A ‘normal’ cow could live a happy life for at least 20 years, whereas the lifespan of a dairy cow is just six years.
‘Here at Real Deal Milk, our mission is to provide a sustainable solution to dairy manufacturing whilst protecting animals from unnecessary cruelty. Gone are the days where dairy farming was a few cattle grazing in a meadow, only supplying milk to a family or two. The mass production of cows means that they find themselves in a cramped space, living under stressful conditions, so it’s time they went into retirement.
‘We’re going to be creating milk-based products without the cows, which is great for the cows but it got us thinking… What will the ex-dairy cows do after? There’s going to be a lot of them, considering there’s nearly 2 million in the UK alone! So, we thought, why not let them do what they do best and graze all day?’
Founder of Real Deal Milk
The ‘Lawn-mooer’ service highlights the value of keeping an ex-dairy cow when her milk-producing capabilities have gone, and hopes it will encourage a conversation on where cows can go after the dairy farm – that isn’t the slaughterhouse.
Real Deal Milk is a cell-based milk startup, founded by Zoltan Toth-Czifra. It uses precision fermentation and cellular agriculture in a lab to produce casein and whey, the proteins in dairy, so that cows are no longer needed.
The goal is to help tackle climate change and end animal suffering, while providing a lower cost product that the company claims is healthier.
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