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Are there Cattle (Cow) on Wind Farms?

by cattlefarmer on September 5, 2009

glitterx asked:

if not? . . . why not?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Marianne N September 8, 2009 at 2:15 am

we have many wind farms in northern Indiana. They are all in corn and bean field and never around cattle. I wonder if the sound spooks them? They are quite loud with a humming sound.

hotzelj September 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Yup, in some places. The wind is at 100-300 feet in the air, the cows only live at ground level. No reason to waste the green space.


dougger September 13, 2009 at 8:21 pm

There often are. Winds generators are very noisy and develop some low frequency sounds that apparently annoy cattle- and people. But the animals get used to it and over time start to live around them without showing much effect. Some generators lose their “fine tuning” and make irregular noises that push the cattle away. The towers take considerable maintenance to keep them running well with a minimum noise so often the land is less than normally useful for grazing.

Skechers September 15, 2009 at 10:59 am

Although wind farm is a “farm”, it is not the type of farm where we raise our cattle, swine or a poultry farm for chickens or other animals. Actually, a Wind Farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used for production of electric power. Individual turbines are interconnected with a medium voltage (usually 34.5 kV) power collection system and communications network. At a substation, this medium-voltage electrical current is increased in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system. A large wind farm may consist of a few dozen to several hundred individual wind turbines, and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles (square kilometers), but the land between the turbines may be used for agricultural or other purposes. A wind farm may be located off-shore to take advantage of strong winds blowing over the surface of an ocean or lake.

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