Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for nearly two decades. Pritchard's first two books received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and NPR, and his latest book is set to debut in 2018.

16 responses to “Are You Smarter Than A Cow?”

  1. Monique

    Love this, especially the Einstein quotation. Sometimes people need to turn assumptions on their head in order to see a little more clearly.

  2. Sandra

    And how do they magically sense when the electric fence is off, even if only for a few minutes?

  3. Fiona Harrison

    Beautiful post. Your writing is so fun to read and I enjoy your blogs immensely. I recently had a neighbor tell me that my chickens were stupid and didn’t care if they were in a cage or on pasture, that they would run into a burning building instead of away from it, etc. I just gritted my teeth, thanked him for the wine, and walked out of his house without eating the dinner that he and his wife had prepared.

  4. pam

    Forrest, this was a delight. You’re a genius. Can’t wait to read your book.

  5. Kestra

    I enjoy your blogs Forrest. Be sure we get a copy of your book – signed please. When you are a famous author I’ll remember the times around my table and the good times with the family.

  6. Joy

    Wonderful, delightful way to start my day! I was in the ‘chickens are stupid’ camp too, until I got my own little backyard flock of 5 beautiful birds. Right off I was captivated by their beauty and so I spent a lot of time just sitting in the backyard watching them, and little by little their ‘silly’ antics revealed an underlying intelligence that still takes my breath away and humbles me. I am beginning to think now that even a blade of grass has its own intelligence.

  7. c

    If mud facials are so valued by cows, why aren’t they made available to more of them?

  8. Leigh

    There is a theory that electric fences emit a very slight odor when “hot”. Our horses, goats and dogs all know when it is off.

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  10. colleen

    about the cows sensing the electric fence is off. I grew up watching my dad checking as to see if the electric fence was not grounded out with a blade of grass, this way of testing emits only a slight shock and after years of observations I believe cows sense the electricity in the fence through the light shock felt by the moisture of there breath when they sniff the fence when they exhale.

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