‘TURN OUT THE COWS!’

‘TURN OUT THE COWS!’

Did you know that some Danish communities celebrate the spring day  when  cows  and  calves  are turned out to grass?

That was also a holiday on our farm. In early May, Dad would walk out in the pastures, bend to one knee and check the grass. Who knows what he was looking for? Once, he pointed to a blade of grass with three new leaves and said it was a good sign. He’d chew on a stem of brome — just for show, I  think— and then he’d declare that the grass was ready for grazing. We could turn out the cows!