Grasseni - Chapter 05
Skilled Vision and Animal Husbandry
this chapter, I shall dwell on the selective vision of breed experts in
relation to the practice of industrial dairy farming. As we have seen
in Chapter 3, the farmers I worked with identified their careers and
achievements with membership of a wider community, that of the breeders
of Brown Alpine cows. My initial interest in their 'skilled vision'
stemmed from my noticing that despite the brevity of their glances,
both in formal and in informal contexts, the way breeders look at cows
is in no way casual or generic.