Letter: A few facts about the Ben & Jerry's 'cow'

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Sir: There was a picture on the front of Section II ('The world in their scoop', 14 July) showing an animal grazing outside an ice- cream factory. The caption said it was a cow, and of course people like London journalists and picture editors can't be expected to know, but a cow is different. It has an arrangement near the back for dispensing milk which takes the form of a large, pendulous bag with four sausage-like things sticking down from it. These are the teats and the milk comes from them during a diurnal process called, in fact, milking.

On no account should you eat ice-cream which has been made from whatever they got from the animal in the picture. The technical term for this beast is bullock.

Yours faithfully,


Colby, Cumbria