2009 Ig Nobel Prize for veterinary scientists
The Ig Nobels are awarded since 1991 each October from Oslo and Stockholm and are presented at a ceremony at Harvard for ‘research that makes people laugh as well as think’. The categories awarded are: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine, Peace, Physics, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine.
The 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on October 1st and this years winner of the category in Veterinary Medicine were Catherine Bertenshaw [Douglas] and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, UK, for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless. The scientific work had been published under the title "Exploring Stock Managers' Perceptions of the Human-Animal Relationship on Dairy Farms and an Association with Milk Production," Anthrozoos, vol. 22, no. 1, March 2009, pp. 59-69.
Peter Rowlinson attended the ceremony, but Catherine Douglas, a new mother, sent a photo of herself, a cow and her new daughter dressed in a cow suit.