8 Return instinct. Cows tend to return to the place from which they came. That’s likely why pasture-based cattle will walk along the same “cow paths” every day. Oval or circular routes between the parlor and housing areas — with access to feed and water along those routes — will help cows be milked, eat, drink, then lie down and rest in a routine, low-stress fashion.
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