Do cows really lie down when it rains?
Brad Johnson of the Salisbury Post takes on two popular livestock myths: "Do cow lie down when it rains?" and "Do goats eat tin cans?" Spoiler alert: The answer to both questions is "No," but Johnson does some research for us and explains his reasoning.
Cattle evolved in the out-of-doors and are very hardy critters. Observing cattle during a normal, warm rain results in seeing them “being cattle.” Frequently, they’ll continue grazing and some even really enjoy a free shower courtesy of Mother Nature. A very heavy rain, or especially a cold rain, will often result in cattle seeking shelter, but they don’t lie down during such storms. Frequently, they’ll stand, together as a group, with their heads down. The only times cattle lay down is: they’re tired and need to rest; they’re chewing their cud (regurgitating their food), which they also frequently do standing up; or, they’re too sick or have an injury that prevents them from getting to their feet.