Monday, March 10, 2008

Milking The Schedule

An NPR commentator asked a dairy farmer how Daylight Savings Time affects his cows. I thought it wouldn't, because cows live by a biological clock. That was my knee-jerk reaction.

The farmer said, "It's tough getting them up early!" *
(So, they make the cows live by man's clock.)
"And they don't produce as much."
"But it's not as bad as in the fall when we gain an hour!"
(Oh, no...)
"The cows get health problems in their udders because their milk builds up!"
(Why don't we just schedule people to work around the cows' cycle?)
* I'm paraphrasing.
Photo: Dr. Baker milking cow, circa 1900, Texas.

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