Why Cows Need Their Friends

Have you ever seen cows on a pasture? Most people living in urban or sub-urban surroundings probably have no idea what a real live cow looks like, much less have any idea on how they feel. Walking along a pasture the cows will probably follow you along, they are curious. They will watch you, most of the times staying close together. If it is sunny and getting too hot, they will search for some shade and you might see them all piled together in the shady spot of the pasture.
Go meet some cows! Thanks to Animalista Untamed for sharing some great information on these wonderful beings.

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“I suppose cows must be a bit like humans”

Why do cows need their friends? To improve their milk yield of course, why else? Perish the thought that the milk-production-units some call cows might actually need fulfilling social and emotional lives just like us.

cows-954002__180Cows have best friends and become stressed if they are separated, as a student discovered while researching for her PhD.

Krista McLennan set up two different cattle pens: in the first, a cow was put with her best friend; in the second, two cows who did not know each other. They were left in their respective pens for 30 minutes during which time she measured their heart rates at 15 second intervals, and also their cortisol levels – the stress hormone.

I’m certain I don’t need to spell out her results – they were exactly what we would have predicted, without the research. Who doesn’t feel…

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