Something is strange with our dairy herd. If it weren't the weekend dad would probably call a vet, but it is the weekend. About six hours ago, I noticed the herd (16 milking cows, dry cows and heifers- totaling around 42 head) running full speed towards the barn. I figured the dog had "herded" them, but he wasn't nearby. The goat herd was in the field and they look like they had been startled as well. The goat herd went back to their pen though. The herd of cattle then tunred around and headed full speed back where they had been. They came back again and headed out a second time, and this time they went clear to the other end of our property. Dad went out to bring them in for milking (hah!) and when they showed up, again running full speed, they were covered from head to toe in liqiud manure. The little heifers were the worse. Like they had not stopped running the entire time and are all loose. Their manure isn't very solid since they are out on spring pasture, but we generally don't see this big a mess. The biggest concern now is that one of our best milking cows is missing and in their frantic behavior they were charging through barbed wire fencing and over land with groundhog holes, etc. :bash: I took a hike and could not see her and she did not respond to my calls. Dad thought maybe flies, but they weren't running with their tails straight out like he would expect. What else was odd was when i came back from looking for Sandy, as soon as the remaining 28 animals saw me they started charging towards me again? Any ideas on what happened with our herd? It is very strange, indeed.