Lowing Cows: A Very Private Affair

November 11, 2008 at 9:25 am (All Things Pottsc)


I'm not lowing !

I"m not lowing. Go away.

As to cows “lowing” in fields, I have no clue. Finally I ran across this in a dairy cow forum. As to a picture of this taking place, I tried google image search to find a “lowing shot” with no luck. I guess it’s a very private affair. 

“We all know from elementary school that cattle are known to low. We’ve seen the drawings of the cows on their bellies with legs stretched out in front and behind. Few, if any of us, have actually seen a cow perform this lowing feat. Here’s what I have been able to establish to date:


  • Lowing appears to be restricted to the last three weeks of December and the first week of January each year.
  • Lowing is only known to occur when there is snow on the ground. There are no reports of Florida cattle ever lowing.
  • A lowing cow actually creeps and slips across the ground slowly while keeping their profile as low as possible.
  • Cattle are very secretive about lowing.

I discovered early on that lowing cattle will immediately get up and act nonchalant if they feel people are observing them. A field of lowing cattle will quickly move to the standard cow stance if they hear a car or truck approaching. Over the years I’ve been able to observe cow lowing by building a snow blind in a handy drift. It is truly exhilarating to observe a herd of cows lowing in unison. It’s not unlike synchronized swimming. The most stunning lowing I have witnessed involved a herd of black and white Holsteins. It was like watching a swarm of disembodied black spots undulating across the snowy field.”


The unresolved mysteries of lowing are still troubling. What exactly are they trying to sneak up on? Why are they so secretive?


1 Comment

  1. Ape Man said,

    Your post is rubbish. Lowing is the sound made by cows, another word for mooing and such sounds. Fanciful image though, of “…black spots undulating across a snowy field.” Keep writing, but do more research, perhaps?

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