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Posted by Carissa Team Tink Staffer     0 Comment(s)    Add a Comment  comment-icon.png
09/02/2016 08:21 AM

Greetings from Tink World!

It's raining. I'm sure it's doing the same thing where you are. Did you prepare for the hurricane? Some people treated it as they do a snowstorm. The grocery stores got hit pretty hard around here for milk and bread. That may have been a little overkill. We haven't experienced too much wind here, just rain. 

Cows differ from humans in how they react to a storm. You can tell a lot about the weather based on a cow's behavior. Believe it or not, cows kind of have a schedule. They drink from the trough around the same time every day. You can find them in the shade during hot parts of the day. This schedule changes a little with the seasons and the weather. 

Cows often welcome rain. It's like us taking a shower, minus the soap. During the summer, especially during a drought, the cows stand in the rain as if to say, "thank you, Lord." Rain not only washes them off, but it also cools them down. 

Some scientists say that cows lay down when it's about to rain because they lay down more when it's cool. While that may be true, cows also like to graze when it's cool. They can be found standing out in the fields during a rainstorm, even if it's the time when they usually go for water.  However, if the weather is going to be bad with heavy winds and a lot of lightning, they'll let you know. They get restless and often try to run from the storm. They express the change in weather by a change in behavior.

It's also important to note that when we receive ample rain, the grass contains moisture. So, they don't have to go for water quite as often. During drought conditions, the grass is dry and doesn't have much moisture. Meaning, they may have to make the trip to the trough a little more often or drink more while there. On average, cows drink 2 gallons of water per 100 lbs. of body weight during hot weather. That number is cut in half for cooler weather. 

It's Labor Day weekend. Be sure to come see us and all of the other wonderful vendors at the Decatur Farmers Market tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We'll have plenty of options for the grill and for your weekly menu. So, don't miss out! 

Have a great weekend. We'll see you at the market!

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