Dairy farmer reacts to cow abuse video

CREATED Dec 11, 2013

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LAKE MILLS - Cows beaten, whipped, and dragged. The video taken at Wiese Brothers Farm in Greenleaf is raising eyebrows and has other farmers speaking out.
"First and foremost, there's definitely abuse in the video. Things I just can't imagine ever happening," said Carrie Mess. 
Mess runs a dairy farm in Lake Mills and says a lot of what you see is devastating. But some is deceiving.
"There's some kind of twisted scenarios in there. Things that are natural and normal, they're showing as abuse," said Mess.
An acivist group called Mercy for Animals is behind the video that includes things like blood next to a cow that just gave birth. But many are questioning the use of heavy equipment like skid loaders to move the cows.
"There is a right way and a wrong way to do it. A lot of what they showed was very much the wrong way. You also have to think about an 1800 pound animal and how you can move that animal,” said Mess.
And there are cases where you have to move the animal.


"When a cow is sick and won't get up or try to get up, you have to get her standing up. That's the only way she's going to live," said Mess.
Carrie says any legitimate farm knows the better you treat the cows, the better your business will be.
"We know that a cow that is comfortable, a cow that is happy is going to do her job better," said Mess.