Cattle experiencing the eclipse

April 8, 2024 Eclipse in agricultural setting

Eclipse over the hoop barn at Health Hero Farm

Family came from South Carolina and Burlington to experience the eclipse with us and the cattle. We set the cattle up with ample hay in their feed wagon. But we had no idea how they would react. Would they go into the barn, thinking it was night? Would they panic and stampede? Would they moo in distress? Actually, none of that happened. There was some extra mooing and some mild anxiety. But otherwise, most continued to eat hay from the wagon and minerals from the cattle scratcher bin. Although it got darker at totality, it was never night.

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