As the nights begin to get colder and as early as the begining of September there is a threat of snow, the cows begin to come down. This involves a lot of foot slog for the farmers as the cows can take themselves quite a long way away from where they were left. One of our local farmers brings his down on a sunday as the traffic is less. We know when this will happen as all the side roads and fields are closed with gaudy tape before they come down. There’s always an idea they’ve been when you see the state of the roads!
The first year we were here, the snow came vry ealry and a lot of farmers were caught out and couldn’t get to the cattle in time. A lot died due to the heavy snowfall although some survived due to drops of hay – there was quite a lot of whining whne the farmers had to pay for it. That year, our local famer brought the cows down our lane and at least one ended up in our garden, abotu sixmen drove the beast out as it dug holes in our ew beds. I only learnt later that I could have claimed compensation from the farmer’s union!