Mar 7, 2013 1:52 PM by Patricia Collier

Colo. bill to ban cutting cows' tails worries farmers

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado bill to ban the practice of cutting cows' tails for health reasons has farmers worried that government is getting too involved in their work.
Tail docking is the practice of cutting off part of a cow's tail so it doesn't drag in manure. The practice is rare in Colorado. But a bill backed by several Democrats would make it illegal. A House committee takes up the issue Thursday.
Research has found that tail docking has little effect on the quality of cow's milk or the health of farm workers. Opponents also say it inflicts unnecessary pain on cows.
Though most Colorado farmers don't dock tails, many oppose the bill, arguing the issue should be addressed by the farm industry and not the government.


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