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Think adjusting to daylight saving time sucks for you? Try being a dairy cow.



NICHOLSON, Pa. (CIRCA via WOLF) — When you woke up Sunday morning, you probably felt a bit more tired than usual. The clocks sprang forward to mark the start of daylight saving time.

But this doesn't just impact people. One Pennsylvania farmer explained that dairy cows aren't fans of losing an hour either.

About 110 milking cows fill the barn at Ransomed Ransom dairy farm, and they’re used to a pretty set schedule.

"The animals are creatures of habit," said farm owner Levi Ransom, which is why daylight saving time can be "udderly" annoying.

"It'll make it so that there's less milk in the cow because we're springing ahead," he said. "We're actually going early."

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Ransom typically milks the cows at 4:30 a.m. and then again at 4:30 p.m., but when those clocks sprang forward, showing up at 4:30 a.m. actually felt like 3:30 a.m.

"That hour can make a difference," said Ransom. "I've seen cows, when you come in the barn early that they're not expecting you, they almost look like, 'What're you doing here already?' I mean it's interesting to watch some mannerisms of some cows."

Ransom is trying to make the change a bit less dramatic, so he shifted times 30 minutes for Sunday.

"That hour, they're gonna adjust to it," he said.

Even still, he expects to take a bit of a hit on the 6,500 pounds of milk usually produced daily.

"In an hour's time difference, we might be off maybe 600 pounds of milk," Ransom said.

While springing forward doesn’t have as big of an impact as falling back, the cows and Ransom will still be feeling it.

"If you're late, they'll start to let you know. They'll start mooing. They're full of milk, and they want to be milked," he said. "The most stress is on the farmer, because you lose an hour of sleep."


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