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  Russian farm feeds cows chocolate
Updated 05 March 2004, 17.29
Cow - Moo!
Cows are being fed sweets and chocolate on a farm in Russia in moo-ves to sweeten up their milk.

The farm signed a deal for out-of-date caramel and chocolate for its 10,000 cattle from a sweet factory.

It might sound udderly ridiculous, but workers at Melnik dairy say cows given the confectionary produce richer milk and strong and healthy calves.

Workers say older cows took a while to get used to the sugary food, but sweet toothed calves loved it at once.

Cattle-breeders are now planning to present a calf from the dairy to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

It was his visit, eight years ago, that pushed the development of the farm forward.

We hope he likes chocolate milkshake!

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