Why Do Cows Lay Down Before It Rains?

February 14, 2024

If you see a herd of cows lying down, it's likely to rain – or so the old countryside folklore goes. However, the truth is that there's not much scientific backing for this handy tip.

There are lots of possible reasons why cows might lie down, from resting to chewing their cud. They might also be looking for somewhere dry to sleep if they're feeling unwell. As herd animals, they often mimic each other's behaviour. So if one cow is lying down, it's likely that the rest of the herd will soon follow suit.

It's also possible that a herd of cows might be lying down simply because they are bored. They might also be trying to keep themselves warm, as cows can lose a lot of heat by standing up.

A US study has recently suggested that there is a link between the weather and cows' decision to lie down. The researchers found that a sudden drop in air temperature makes cattle more likely to lie down. They believe that this is because it makes it harder for the cows to lose body heat through their lungs.

Whether or not this is the case, there's still no reason to think that a herd of cows lying down in a field is a good indication of the weather. The best way to predict the weather is by looking at the forecast, or checking your local radar. Despite all this, 55% of UK adults think that cows can accurately predict the weather.


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