On dairy farms, cows must be bred for them to produce milk, but they can’t retain their nursing calves or there would be no milk to sell. Instead, they designate certain cows as nurse cows. Instead of feeding one calf, they have as many as three. This is truly a generous bovine that nurtures other cows’ calves.
The cow symbolizes fertility and growth because of its association with the earth. In areas, where there was no clean drinking water, milk often kept the children alive, which made the humble cow a powerful life-giver.
Elephants might get the reputation for not forgetting, but cows have an excellent memory. Farmers who use an electric fence containment system only run it for a few weeks because the cows will remember. How do you react when a blizzard or tornado threatens? Cows make a circle with their heads inward and the calves in the center. This shoulder to shoulder stance provides protection. It also provides body heat and protects the vulnerable bovine heads.
Cows are probably best known for their placid countenance as they chew their cud. Perhaps they’re reflecting on their twice chewed dinner. What most people don’t realize is cows are very much impacted by their diet. As a child, I had to scour the fields for wild onions and pick them to prevent the cow from eating it and giving onion flavored milk. With the cow, it really is what it eats.
Cows are much more forgiving than their human counterparts. This is exemplified in their kind treatment of the other farm animals that had harassed them in the past. They’re also patient. Perhaps, they’d learn that it never pays to rush around.
Did you realize the simple act of watching cows graze in a field will lower blood pressure? Cows have a great deal to offer.
If you dream of a herd of cows, it means you have a need to belong to a group. If you dream if milking a cow, it shows you’re willing to work hard to get ahead. If you dream of being a cow, then you’re easy-going and generally do what you’re told.