Why do cows grazing in a field all face in the same direction?
Why is it that when driving past a field in which cows are grazing they are invariably all facing in the same direction? Adrian Burns
Cows, along with other herding prey animals, graze in the same direction so that should a predator arrive the group will take off in the same direction en masse. The very reason that herding is beneficial is probably to be anonymous. Running off individually would bring you to the predator’s attention.
They are walking in a type of formation as they eat. They will all follow each other in the same trail from the front to the back of a pasture and rut it out in one single line. But when they are grazing, they will all move in unison. woodworm20
As prey animals, cattle group together while grazing for obvious reasons. They tend to face the same way to avoid conflict within the herd. It was only fairly recently confirmed that they also tend to graze along a north-south axis, when a German academic studying the effect of the Earth’s magnetic field on African mole rats widened her studies into other creatures. A study of grazing patterns using Google Earth confirmed this behaviour. dartmoorlady
They stand with their rear ends facing the wind. By observing a herd of cows you can tell which way the wind is blowing.
John Preston, Birmingham
The cows will all face into the wind. Sheep do the same.
David Jones Spalding
When there is no wind, they don’t all face the same way. They seem to prefer the wind behind them, which could mean either that they don’t like wind in their faces, or that they do like a breeze at the other end. If only they could tell us ... ID0622805
It’s only when you drive past. Try walking and you will see them facing all directions. Why hasn’t any car manufacturer ever produced a solid browncoloured car since the Austin Allegro back in the 60s? What is so wrong with brown? It’s not as if it’s going to show the dirt, is it? If the Victorians had used plastic to the extent we do, what state would the planet be in now?