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      Carolyn Whitlock

      I was asked a question that I can’t answer. I’m hoping someone can:

      In 1971, when I first moved to Vermont, I was renting a trailer from a local farmer. His herd of cows would pass my door several times a day with the lead cow, and its bell, followed by all the others (I was tempted to write, “all the udders,” but I won’t). Anyway, I asked the farmer how he decided which cow was going to wear the bell and be the lead cow. His response was that I had it all wrong: whichever cow was given the bell became the lead cow. The cows would follow the belled animal whoever it was.

      Is this really true?

      Thanks for any help that I can forward to this person.


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