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Can Farm Animals Predict the Weather?

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One local veterinarian believes that some farm animals can feel changes in the air pressure before humans can. That can sometimes help out farmers if rain or snow is on the way.

Scott County farmer Robb Ewoldt says his cows will usually give birth to about four calves a day during the spring, but every time a low pressure system comes in, he says about eight of his cows will give birth. Robb believes more of his cows give birth on a day that it's supposed to rain or snow.

"It's magic," Robb said when asked why his cows do that. "That's what I tell my kids when I don't know the answer to something. It's magic."

Robb wife and veterinarian Jennifer Ewoldt says that farm animals can often hear higher pitched sounds than humans can. The National Lab reports that people can hear sound up to 20,000 hertz, but cattle can hear up to 40,000 hertz.

The Old Farmer's Almanac website says that when the bull leads the cow to the pasture, a person should expect rain. Jen said she had never heard of that before.

The website also says that horses or cows lying down in the pasture means that rain is on the way. Jen says that theory could be true.

"I'm not sure why, but I have heard of that one before," Jen said.

Jen says that no scientist has never been able to decide whether animals can predict the weather, but the family always expects more baby cattle when a low pressure system is coming in. If you're animal acts strange when a weather system is coming in, let us know on our Facebook page.