As I did a post on camels – Camels and Camel-Owners – I have to give equal time to cows. If Dhofaris have herd animals, it is usually either camels OR cows, not often does a family have both. Although it is common to own goats either alone or with camels or cows. None of the three types of animals like to be in the same area at the same time. In khareef (the monsoon season which is ending now), camels are taken out of areas which get rain as their flat feet can’t get traction on slippery ground. Cows are usually kept indoors during the day because of the swarms of mosquitos. With the start of fall weather (sunny and dry), camels will soon be herded back to the regular grazing grounds in the mountains and cows will be let out during the day; but the two types of animals usually keep to separate areas. Goats are almost always let out of pens with a herder, who will steer them away from the larger animals.
a mountain cow pen (photo used with permission)
mountains in khareef
cows in khareef
cows on the beach