An amazing woman born in Boston who for the most part was laughed at in “this is nonsense” attitude world did take the time to study why cows go moo. Why they tend to panic in stockyards and holding pens. Why cattle desire to move naturally in circles rather than in square corner cuts. She study how electric hot shot sticks are not as effective moving cattle if stockyards had been design to work for cattle. Her studies influence today’s architecture of stockyards designing pens with curves for dipping and loading because of its natural movement for cattle reducing stress. That’s one reason why cows moo. And much credit is due to the girl from Boston who took time to understand.
Stress and being uncomfortable makes even the best cowboy edgy. I don’t expect you to listen to me about why a cow goes moo. However, I would hope that cattle workers across the world take the time to read about the life of Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD. The story of a young girl with autism that educates herself to understand cattle better than the best of us cowboys. Many thought she was crazy until they listen to what she had to say. Even then, many still did not listen and continue doing things the hard way.