about cows

I live in farmland, where I get to learn a lot about cows, if only because they’re my closest neighbors. I’ve discovered that there are only certain things that cows do. It doesn’t matter the weather, cows don’t seem to change their behavior very much. Here’s a rundown of cowish activities. Cows:

  1. Eat grass
  2. Drink water from a big nasty tub
  3. Lie down
  4. Stand up
  5. Drop cow patties
  6. Walk in their cow patties
  7. Get rained or snowed on
  8. Occasionally mount each other (gender doesn’t matter)
  9. Stare at me as I pass by (see also: cows are creepy)
  10. Occasionally get milked or eaten
  11. Moo

I’ve also noticed that cows like to do the same thing as other cows. If you’ve got a group of ten cows, much of the time they will all be standing up, or all of them will be lying down. If your cow buddies are standing up and you’re lying down, that’s a major cow faux pas.

if I ever happen to catch cows doing anything other than these specific things that I have noticed that cows do, I will be sure to report back. But I’m not holding my breath.

Cows in Normandy, France
Cows doing what cows do

4 thoughts on “about cows

  • January 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hi Brain,

    See if you can spot if the herd has an “alpha cow” leading the behavior… Hope to see you at the cottage in 2013.

    • January 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Hey Andrew, thanks tons – hope you and the family have been doing well! Cottage in 2013 would be awesome.

  • January 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This is my first visit on your website. I like your posts, especially the one dealing with cows! Keep it that way

    • January 31, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Thank you Thomas! I’ve never been much of a cow person, but I’ve come to appreciate cows. They’re quite peaceful… gazing at you as you walk by, then getting back to their slow munching of grass. We could learn a lot from cows…


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