The glamping site is coming along slowly, and I will do an update on that next time, but this week I have been thinking about cows because my daughters friend came over to visit, and they wanted to walk over the fields to the village but they couldn’t as there were cows in the field and my daughters friend was scared. Coincidently the same week a friend posted on Facebook her pride of conquering her cow phobia and completing a long hike.
Fear of cows (Bovinophobia or Taurophobia) is understandable. They are big creatures, and if you are not familiar with them (as I wasn’t when I first moved here from the concrete jungle of Liverpool) they can be scary, so I thought I’d give you a few cow facts to help.
1. Cows spend 10 to 12 hours a day lying down.
2. The average sleep time is 4 hours.
3. There are about 350 udder squirts in a gallon of milk.
4. A young female cow is called a heifer until she has her first calf.
5. The oldest cow ever recorded was ‘Big Bertha’ who died 3 months before her 49th birthday.
6. Dairy cows can produce up to 200 pounds of flatus (burps and farts) a day!
7. A ‘dry cow’ is a cow that is pregnant and has been taken out of the milking herd as they are in the final stage of the pregnancy.
8. Like us, cows are pregnant for 9 months.
9. A female twin of a bull is usually infertile as it has been exposed to masculinizing hormones, and is termed a freemartin.
10. You can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs due to their knee anatomy.
Cows are generally safe, docile creatures, but just like humans, the teenagers are a bit lively, the new mothers a bit twitchy, and they can be unpredictable if they feel scared or threatened. If you want to learn more about cows, come and stay, and try out our dairy farmer taster session, it could be the start of a whole new career!