Some SouthCoast Farmers Say Daylight Saving Is a Crock of Manure
All our lives, we learned that the reason we change the clocks ㅡ fall back and spring ahead ㅡ was to help farmers with their crops and livestock. But according to lo SouthCoast farmers, this isn’t true.
I interviewed different veggie, produce and dairy farmers to get their perspectives on Daylight Saving Time and how they feel about it potentially being stopped. Some said they didn’t have a preference.
“I remember last year there was a lot of talk about stopping daylight savings," Kevin Cordero of Westport's K&J Farms said. "But yeah, it wouldn’t bother me.”
Christie Emerson of CNC Reading Farm in West Bridgewater said, “Us vegetative farmers don’t necessarily go by time as much as we do seasons.”
However, some farmers believe Daylight Saving Time is beneficial. Kevin Pedro from Pedro's Dairy Farm said, “It actually helps our schedule. ... Right now the sun’s coming up a little bit later. We need that shift in time to help us adjust. Why change something that’s tried and true, you know what I mean?”
What I want to know is, how does Daylight Saving Time affect livestock? When my dog is hungry her internal clock knows it’s time to eat. My dog will need a week to a week-and-a-half of an adjustment period. So what about the cows? Does their internal clock know when they’re supposed to get milk? Do they need an adjustment period?
The answer is simple: No, it doesn't matter.
Pedro claims the cows do just fine with the hourly change, whether or not it is pushed forward or backward. There's always work to be done and daylight savings has never got in the way of an honest day's work.
Fake news at its finest, people.
Oh, and remember to set your clock back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.