Golf carts are showing up at some California dairies.

Ramon Echeverria, owner of Bear Mountain Dairy near Bakersfield, likes the carts because they are quiet, convenient and can get in and out of tight spaces. "I love quiet, and I think the cows prefer it, too," he says.

With the quiet-running, battery-powered carts around, cows in lock-ups won't get spooked by sudden noises. That makes the carts an especially valuable tool in the breeding program. Echeverria has equipped his golf carts with all sorts of breeding equipment, such as semen tanks and tail chalk.