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A Farmer's saying: a cow shows its gratefulness towards the farmer by jumping. The higher it jumps, the more grateful it is.

Cows going outside for first time in 2016

In different areas throughout the Netherlands there are cows going outside for first time in 2016. Mid-March a farmer in Flevoland was the first to let out his dairy cows in the green pastures. Living in The Hague and being a big fan of the dairy and cheese farms in Leiden area, I searched for a chance to see the cow dance in my neighbourhood.

Cow Dance

Cowdance, in Dutch called koeiendans is the frolic jumping, twirling and running of cows let out in the meadows for the first time in spring. Last weekend I saw the cows going outside for the first time in 2016 in cheese farm Boerderij de Vierhuizen .

Cows going outside first time in 2016
A little race going on between cows going outside first time in 2016.
According to the cheese farmer of Boerderij de Vierhuizen the higher the cows jump the more thankful they are.
April is generally the best month to let the cows out. The grass has then grown high enough and the land is not that soggy anymore
Sometimes it's just great showing your excitement, even when all other cows have finished jumping around.
Sometimes it’s just great showing your excitement, even when all other cows have finished jumping around.
Just really getting connected with the ground & the fresh grass
Just really getting connected with the ground & the fresh grass

 

Life gets back to normal. Here's a poor lonesome cow on a long long way from home.
Life gets back to normal. Here’s a poor lonesome cow a long long way from home.

This beautiful video by Midvliet TV was made in and around the cheese farm. In the spotlight the cheese farmer, the happy cows and….me 🙂

Now, I also tried to make a video, but had some problems. Fortunately, on Saturday 9 April 2016 , there are more than enough opportunities to see cows happily dance in the meadows full of fresh green grass.

Where to See the Cow Dance In The Hague Area ?

You can join me on Saturday 9 April in Hoeve Biesland in Delfgauw. We’ll be welcomed with a nice cup of tea or coffee and at 10:00 the doors of the barn are opened for the dairy cows to jump for joy after having been inside all winter long.

If you want to know more about this part of the Delft countryside, I’ll be happy to show you around in a bike tour afterwards.

Cow Alert

Land van Wijk en Wouden, in Leiden area gives you the opportunity to register for a ‘cow alert’. This way you receive the latest updates on when and on which dairy and cheese farms in the area between Leiden and Zoetermeer you can see the cow dance.

You could even make a full round on Saturday 9 April. Start at cheese farm Sol or cheese farm Van Harten at 10:00, then head to dairy farm Elza Hoeve at 11:00.

Don’t have time this weekend to see the cow dance? Next weekend there are other farms to visit where they will release the cows out in the Dutch countryside.

Do you know which cheese is made out of the milk given by a cow that has eaten fresh grass again after a long time? If you want to find out, just get in touch. 

 

 

 

 

 

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