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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cows Compass

Good morning,

Here are some cows I captured in my camera while we were traveling along about 65 mph.  Have you ever noticed how often grazing cows are facing in the same direction?  Are they pointed North? Toward the barn?  Away from the sun or wind? 

They look so orderly, but I am sure orderliness is not why they all face the same way.  Does anyone know?

Inquiring minds want to know!



Sherry said...

You are more perceptive than me! I never noticed that!

MarkD60 said...

Have you ever seen the movie "Temple Grandin"? You'd love it!

Pamela Gordon said...

Yes, I have noticed that before too but don't know why. I love cow, rural, farm photos. Safe travels!

TexWisGirl said...

i know when you see them grazing on a hill, they all face the same way because of the way they must get up using back legs first. if they graze on a hill, they will often kneel on their front legs.

in a pasture, i can only assume they were let out of an enclosure and are working their way across. who knows?

like your new header!

Seajaes said...

Most animals align themselves in north to south formations along the earths gravitational pull. Except in blizzards when cows tend to stand in circles.

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Lois Evensen said...

So much interesting information about this!

A friend in TX sent me this, too:

Interesting picture of the cows. Around Texas when ever a bad storm,tornado, or an earthquake is going to happen, the four legged farm animals tend to face northwest. Also, our inside dogs do the same thing. Our dogs let us know of small earthquakes as far away as Kansas and Missouri. The farm animals and the dogs don't react if it is a normal storm.

Thanks, everyone,

Elaine said...

Kind of like everyone grazing past a buffet table. If they didn't face the same way think of the collisions that might happen as they are intensely concentrating on the grass.

Montanagirl said...

Interesting question. I was raised on a farm, but never gave it much thought.