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Old 04.08.2010, 03:05
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Get drunk, put bells around your own neck, and walk around the farmer's house for an hour or so in the middle of the night.
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Old 04.08.2010, 07:17
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Sling shot with very small pebbles to make them wander to the other end of the lot? If that is far enough to actually help.
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Darrell, Sounds like you have one option left. Simply remove the collars with the bells on them. If the Farmer complains, explain to him that they were keeping you awake at night and hand them back to him.
I expect that under Swiss law in both these situations the farmer could just shoot you .
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Old 04.08.2010, 07:26
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I really miss the cow bells! It beats the buses and muffler-less mopeds, I can promise you that. I hope the bells recede to white noise for you soon.
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Old 04.08.2010, 07:27
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Very very bad advice. I guess you don't know the danger you can face. Cows can be aggressive when approached by someone they don't know especially if they have a veal. Last month a couple of hikers had to call the Rega to get them out from a herd of cows who felt threaten.
Read following recommendations from the association BUL.

Again, don't do/recommend things in countryside if you have no knowledge. The cows are out only a few weeks a year...the rest of the year you don't hear them.
Some people in Geneva Zurich leave close to airports....all year with airplanes landing and taking off. So let's be realistic with the annoyance.
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Good point Vertigo. They are big and for those who are not accustomed to them a possible danger. Darryll, If the cows are aggressive, I suppose then that you should call the police. Having cows next to your house could pose a threat to your family.
Cows are not aggressive with one exception, see below.

There are several people killed each year by cows but this is due to stupidity and not agressive man-killing cows. The behaviour being interpreted as aggressive is actually curiosty and playfullness. Cows may rush up to you individually or in groups - turn round and shout at them and they will turn away. If they get too curious a whack with a stick is ok, cows are very, very tough and you won't hurt them. Hold your ground, do not run because if you fall and get rampled you are probably toast. If there is a bull in the field then keep out - they can be aggressive in certain circumstances and dependant on breed.

The one exception is called Irene. She tried to kick me in the head every day for 4 years. When I had a gap from that farm she was as good as gold with the my replacement. When I went back after a gap of 5 years she tried to kick me in the head again. I won in the end though. I had her with yorkshire pud and roasties. A bit tough but very satisfying.
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Old 04.08.2010, 09:32
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Cows Aggressive? if you spark them on the wrong side maybe.

My parents live in front of a farm in Belgium, and every time you stand at the wire, the cows come skipping along to be cuddled or rubbed

We don't own them so its not like the cow's associate my dad or me with getting food, anyone being near the fence can pet them as long as you want, just a bunch of social animals i guess hehe

See them as a large dog, big pet that has feelings to, if you annoy a dog or cat long enough,he or she will attack also, heck, even my rabbit attacks if she is spooked or not in the mood for playing.
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Old 04.08.2010, 11:10
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I share your plight, Mr DarrelH. Bells are an integral part of Switzerland and moving to the city will only change their type, thanks to a network of well situated churches that make sure you are never left without a permanent ringing sound in your ears, wherever you are.

I believe there is a great scheme in this country to have every portion of land within hearing distance of a bell of some sort. It is a cultural thing.
Yep, that's why there's a place in Zurich called "Bell View".
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

The cow bells were here long before you were even a twinkle in your fathers' eye !
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Old 04.08.2010, 11:34
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Two cow bells and they are driving you up the wall?

Have some sympathy for those of us who live near a church why dont you?
The renovation of the Platz next to the church began in earnest this morning. The 7am bell blitzkrieg was accomapanied by jack hammers & angle grinders - the notice says this will continue until October
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

A farmer in the Zuri Oberland has been told he has to remove cow bells at night from 10pm due to complaints. How sad. If you don't like country noises, stay in town people and enjoy the traffic, police, ambulances and Church bells.
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A farmer in the Zuri Oberland has been told he has to remove cow bells at night from 10pm due to complaints. How sad. If you don't like country noises, stay in town people and enjoy the traffic, police, ambulances and Church bells.
That is sad indeed. One of my first memories of Switzerland is when I stayed in a bed and breakfast in Oberägeri, it was summer and one could hear the cowbells softly ringing through the open window.
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Old 11.06.2016, 22:40
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That is sad indeed. One of my first memories of Switzerland is when I stayed in a bed and breakfast in Oberägeri, it was summer and one could hear the cowbells softly ringing through the open window.
Softly ringing...?

I like cowbells but I think of them as plangent rather than charming. A mournful clank rather than alluring tintinnabulation.
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Softly ringing...?

I like cowbells but I think of them as plangent rather than charming. A mournful clank rather than alluring tintinnabulation.
Did I forget to mention the cows were miles away...
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Old 11.06.2016, 22:50
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I have 3 cows under my bedroom window - the bells don't worry me but one of them has started mooing in the middle of the night - just when you finally nod off off she goes again!
( When in the UK though outside my house which in the city centre there is usually a fight - I know which one I prefer)
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A farmer in the Zuri Oberland has been told he has to remove cow bells at night from 10pm due to complaints. How sad. If you don't like country noises, stay in town people and enjoy the traffic, police, ambulances and Church bells.
Do you remember where in ZO? Not our street for sure - I adore falling to sleep and waking to the sound! The cows rotate fields and occasionally are no more than 20m from the patio at which point tbe buzzing of flies is FAR worse than even the biggest of bells could ever be.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

we have cows about 100m from our home. they don't have bells. Why would cows need bells in an urban area?
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

It's the damned song birds that wake us up.

Time to get a shoutgun.

And the stupid cuckoo.

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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

If that is all the problems you have to complain about you're doing well


Imagine you had crime, terrorism and drug dealers near your home...
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we have cows about 100m from our home. they don't have bells. Why would cows need bells in an urban area?

They need bells because they can no longer use their horns in an emergency.
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Do you remember where in ZO?
In Wald - article in the NZZ from May 2016:

http://www.nzz.ch/zuerich/aktuell/zu...ocken-ld.81873

Sounds like the fight continues, though:

Das Urteil ist noch nicht rechtskräftig und kann ans Bundesgericht weitergezogen werden. Ein Ende des Streits scheint noch lange nicht in Sicht zu sein. Denn wie der «Zürcher Oberländer» am Mittwoch berichtete, habe der Bauer Anfang Woche sogar noch mehr Tiere als vorher auf die Weide gelassen und diesen noch grössere Glocken umgehängt.


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The judgment is not yet final and can be appealed to the Bundesgericht. An end to the dispute does not seem to be in sight, though. As the "Zurich Oberland" reported on Wednesday, early this week the farmer put even more cows in the pasture than before, and hung even larger bells on them.
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Old 12.06.2016, 08:49
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Is that by any chance an action started by my infamous country woman?? She raised hell against the cow bells and then was surprised her application for a Swiss passport was denied....
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