Feeds

ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

Udderly ridiculous bovine intervention is beyond the pail

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Vid A farmer from Tayside has sent a plastic robot cow to the Middle East in a bid to educate Saudi children about where milk comes from (from robot cows, perhaps? -Ed).

Kenny Farquharson describes himself as a "plastic farmer" and builds life size beasts to show children how nature works.

His latest creation - a fully milkable robotic cow - can hold 50 litres of milk and has now taken pride of place at an educational facility run by Nadec Farm, a firm which operates cattle farms in Saudi Arabia, a land not exactly known for being green or pleasant.

Due to the difficulty of finding a real cow in this desert-bound state, Nadec decided to help kids understand milk using the robot one. His faux beast is now in the middle of a Riyadh shopping centre, having its udders squeezed by young Saudi kids.

It's just part of a day's work for Farquharson, 30, who builds fake beasts and then flies them all around the world.

He said: “Lots of the requests we get are all about teaching the kids. The education aspect is a big thing. It’s important to show them where milk comes from.

"The Saudi Arabian client was so keen to get the cow there, they paid huge air freight costs for it.”

It's a weird job, he admits.

“Most kids, they go to school, and the teacher comes round and says, ‘what does your dad do for a living?’ And my kids have to explain why their dad is a plastic farmer.

“We’re the only plastic farmers in the world, so it gets crazy at times. It’s a very niche market. Every day it’s just another silly request."

The farmer owns the Horn Milk Bar in the Carse of Gowrie, which doesn't serve drug-laced milk like its namesake from Clockwork Orange, but instead offers diner-style food.

Farquharson first won fame after creating a plastic cow for the building's roof and his popularity exploded from there.

His creations have been endorsed by celebrites including Justin Bieber and Stephen Fry, who have both met his fake animals, which also include deer, ostriches and turtles.

Apparently business is booming, so there's no need for the plastic farmer to move on to astro-pastures new.

Here's a video which shows kids milking the fake cow in the middle of Granada Mall in Riyadh.

®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
'Prettier, better organised, more harmonious than if men were in charge'
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.