Well, not really magnetic, but they do tend to align themselves to the Earth’s magnetic field. A scientist has researched the alignment of herds of cows using images from Google Earth. His results show that herds of cattle and deer will, when standing still, all align themselves north-south. However, disruptions of the local magnetic field, such as those caused by powerlines, upset their senses and they tend to point in random directions. This effect becomes less pronounced the further away from the powerlines the cattle are.
Smaller breeds of cattle are the next big thing, allowing people to keep a few cows if their back garden is big enough. The Times writes about Dexters, miniature “cottagers’ Cows” from Ireland, which are about the size of an Alsation and produce up to 16 pints of milk a day.
In truth the garden is probably too small, even for a mini moo, and the fences to flimsy. But the lawn’s not flat enough to run a mower over it effectively and we have to cut the gras somehow.
How much cow would you like?
Originally uploaded by spinneyhead.
Somewhere out there an unfortunate bovine is missing a buttock.
It’s been a while since I did Photo Friday. This week’s subject is Orange, and I’m not even using one of my own photos.
Technorati tag: Photo Friday, Cow
When its a goat of course.
Perhaps we should attempt to ban all French livestock and meat imports as a form of protest.
The great Chicago fire sale, a major auction on EBay designed to raise money for Chicago based arts charities. Amongst the cool things being auctioned is an original bunny girl outfit and a Cow Parade cow, but I think the manhole covers and decommissioned parking meters are cool too.
via The Register
I know I said there weren’t going to be any more cow pictures. MAybe I should become a politician.
A wander around the employment agencies in the city centre helped me find Gaudi Cow. It also found me Moston Moo, but by that point the camera batteries had died.
Plus a few phonecam shots.
Swedish art terrorists kidnapped and dismembered one of Stockholm’s cows.
Ickle mentioned this last week, but he doesn’t have permalinks, so I couldn’t point at it.
My enthusiasm for cow spotting waned earlier this month, partly because of the weather but also because of the elusive nature of the remaining bovines. So yesterday, whilst wandering around getting pictures for this week’s Cycling on the Pavement I thought I should track down a few.
I found one that’s definitely new to me.
Two I may have shot before but they’ve moved or I didn’t cross them off the list.
And three that have realised that life is far better up North and have moved into Urban Splash.
Some cows just haven’t turned up at all. The nice lady at Simply Heathcotes told me they were still waiting for theirs. (Though that may just have been a ploy to get the tramp out of their lobby.)
They now have a new cow outside the art gallery. If they’re going to move them around that makes my job so much harder.
You let cows loose in the city, you’re going to have to clean up after them.
Just to confuse matters. Two Belgian cows that Damian caught when he happened to be in Brussels during an earlier CowParade-
Got a good thirty miles or so of cycling done yesterday. It’s quite a good mood stabiliser- for me anyway- I was beginning to feel a bit crap after a week of small disappointments.
I went out to Harpurhey, Crumpsall and Heaton Park, but I could only find the Crumpsall cow. Ickle has managed to get a picture of Freda, the Harpurhey bovine, maybe I’ll just nick it from him. I also found Veera the Volunteera, who isn’t listed on the Cow Map.
Then I went off for a potter with Damian in the evening, discovering hidden parts of Manchester along a cycle path laid along old railway lines. Given that this city is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and criss-crossed by these wonderful routes. We came up with a plan for a sort of Top Gear for cycling, which I shall expand upon later.