When our friend Pam calls, her first question is how are the happy cows? While there are days when our cows are less happy – snow storms, torrential rains, high winds, excessive heat, we are usually more impacted by the nasty conditions than the cows. In the winter, the freestall barn with the curtains closed provides a cozy space for the milking cows. In the summer the same freestall barn with curtains opened and fans full tilt provides some reprieve. However, the engineers who design barns can only imitate the environment where cows are happiest – outside on pasture. Here is a capture of our happy cows on video before our grazing days ended last month.