Why do cows in a field all face the same direction? © Getty Images

Why do most cows in a field face the same direction?

Cows tend to stand and graze around a field facing the same way as each other to avoid threats to, and within, the herd.

Asked by: Raymond Leslie, West Calder

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Cows are herd animals and stick together to reduce the threat from predators. It makes sense for them all to graze in the same direction, so the herd stays together as it drifts around the field or across the savannah. Facing the same way also cuts down on conflict in the herd because it avoids head-to-head confrontations.

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