Pics: Farmer modifies bra to help calf suckle

A Scottish farmer was forced to modify a bra and fit it to a cow in order to help a newborn calf suckle on its rear teats.

The calf was refusing to suckle on the cow’s rear teats and the farmer decided to put his thinking cap on.

With the help of some rope and some bungee cord, the farmer reportedly modified his wife’s bra to overcome the issue. The farmer was growing concerned that the cow would run into problems if the calf continued to ignore the rear of the udder.

The calf was refusing to suckle on the cow’s back teats. Image source: Donald Ross

Images of the unusual set up were posted on social media by a neighbouring farmer, Donald Ross. The images attracted significant attention on Twitter, receiving plenty of retweets.

Ross has not yet identified the farmer responsible for the ingenious creation. As they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions.

Though this concept may not take off on Irish farms, it shows the ingenuity of farmers when they are faced with a dilemma.

Recently, research revealed that one in 10 Irish people have never visited a farm – while one in three Irish people have not visited a farm in the past five years.

For 55% of these people, the reason was simply that they never had the opportunity.

The research – conducted by RED C – was carried out on behalf of Agri Aware in the run up to its inaugural National Open Farm Day, which took place on four farms across the country last weekend.