Why Is That Cow Wearing a Collar?

Have you ever been driving along a country road and gazed at the dairy cows roaming the pasture? As you looked a little closer, you might have noticed that these cows were wearing collars. “Why on earth would a cow need a collar?” you might wonder. Not all cows sport collars, but many do and there a few different reasons for it:

 1. The collar might hold an identification tag with a number or name for each cow. 2. The collar may hold a bell to identify bulls or aggressive cows. The bell helps relay the message, “Hey! Watch out, this guy is mean!” 3. Many smaller farms milk their cows in a tie stall barn and use collars to tie the cows up during milking time.

4. The collar may hold a pedometer to help relay information to the farmer.