Montbeliarde cow in the fields surrounding Poligny, France. The Montbeliard is one of only two breeds whose milk is allowed to be used in the production of France's famous Comte cheese.

I came face to face with this giant Montbeliarde cow at the fruitère (dairy farm) of Marie Roy in Poligny, France. I was curious why she was the only cow who wore a bell around her neck. Marie explained that certain cows just naturally become leaders of the herd. They lead others between fields or back and forth to the dairy for milking. The bell apparently helps the rest of the herd to be alert to what the leader expects of them. The Montbeliarde cow is one of…

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