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From the book Living with Animals: Bonds across Species, Edited by: Natalie Porter and Ilana Gershon Published by Cornell University Press 2018 ; https://doi.org/10.7591/9781501724831
This chapter (#11) is https://doi.org/10.7591/9781501724831-013
The conceit of section one of this essay is partial role reversal. How would a doctor who was a cow explain to yearling interns how to breed humans? This is what a cow might sound like if she thought about humans the ways that human purebred livestock breeders think about cows. Section two switches back to a human perspective and treats the extensive interventions into cattle reproduction as the mundane options that they have become for many farmers. This essay highlights the traffic of reproductive technologies across the porous human-bovine species boundary.