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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Bookmark Now! | Email to a friend  

Do cows or other farm animals get sunburn?

In a word, yes. A dairy specialist from Purdue University states that those familiar black-and-white Holsteins dotting the countryside are among the most likely to sunburn, particularly on the areas where their hair and skin are lighter colored. Grazing on certain plants, such as young wheat and some kinds of weeds, can increase a cow's sun sensitivity as well.

Pigs, too, are subject to sunburn, particularly those with lighter pigments. Swine don't sweat, so to cool themselves, they love to roll in mud or water. A good wallow protects pigs from both the sun and insect bites.

But cows and pigs aren't the only animals who need beware the sun. Other light-colored farm animals like horses and sheep can also suffer from sunburn.

So the next time you want to impress that special someone with your superior knowledge and big heart, look for a Holstein standing in a field. Climb the fence, apply sunblock to the cow, and smugly say, "Cows get sunburn too, you know."

Source: ask.yahoo.com

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