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Farmers In Switzerland Are Making Giant Holes In The Stomach Of The Cows For This Strange Reason

In the world of farming, every farmer is coming up with new techniques to get better production, and in today's world, anything is possible. From mixing up crop breeds to producing genetically superior farm animals, there is nothing that hasn't been explored. If you were to look at these cows in Switzerland, they would look completely normal to you expect for one thing. Looking more closely, you would find a peculiar thing about their stomach that you might have never seen anywhere. When you look at these cows stomach, you will notice a giant hole which is of the size of a football. It might seem like a cruel practice to you, but it's actually pretty beneficial for the cow and the farmer as well. But what can be achieved by building holes into a cow's stomach? Is it even hygienic? Well, keep reading to find out the significance. 

These are known as fistulas or cannulas. 

It is a surgically performed procedure to the cow in order to keep track on the cow's nutrition and monitor the health of the cow. This method helps the farmers figure out the digestive system of the cow without having to conduct regular tests like ultrasounds or CT scans. 

Is it safe? 

It might look pretty unhygienic, but we assure you that farmers swear by it. 

This is an invasive technique to check the cow's nutrition. 

Farmers are coming up with new-age methods for farming, and this just happens to be an amazing one. 

This is how it is performed. 

This is a cow after the surgical procedure. The surgery is done to expose the entire digestive system of the cow for evaluation by the farmer. 

This practice is spreading across the globe. 

After hearing about the success of this venture, many farmers in Europe and USA are employing this technique to raise the cattle in a better manner. 

8-inch cannulas are fixed on their sides. 

These cannulas end up in their digestive track allowing farmers to examine it in order to see how the animal is processing food. It comes with rubber plugs at the end and can be shut when the farmers are done with examining. 

This is being used as an experiment. 

Different varieties of oats and other crops are being tested in the digestive track of the cows. According to how well the cow can process the crops, further research on them shall be conducted. 

This practice was done way back in the 1920s. 

The cannula is inserted surgically and a rest period is given to the cow to recover from the procedure. After the rest period, the cow can be put under examination for testing of various crops. 

This greatly helps improving cattle raising. 

Healthier varieties of crops can be found out for cows in this manner to raise a better batch of cattle. That way, the products obtained from these cattle can be improved as well. 

The fistulated cows also have a longer lifespan. 

Earlier on, it was rumored that the cows going through this process are likely to be harmed, but after an investigation conducted by the animal care department, it was found out otherwise. Cattle receiving the cannulas tend to live a longer life due to the care that is given to them. 

It seems promising. 

The cannula technique is proving to be a great method for new-age farming. 

Here in this video, you can find out more on this!