Ever since we moved to the country in 1967 and started playing around with pigs, cows, chickens, and other assorted farm animals, I've noticed how little Hollywood knows about farm animals. Sometimes it's just the small details; other times, the stupidity gets to the point of being ridiculous. I've seen the same thing in books I've read.
I was reading a book one time (Nora Roberts I think) in which the main characters lived on a cattle ranch in some far-off state like Wyoming. Cattle start disappearing one at a time. I don't recall the story line, but as it turns out, the thief was going out to a herd of beef cattle, putting a halter on an animal, and leading it away to a spot where he'd then kill it. Cliff and I had a good laugh at that, since nobody walks into a herd of beef cows with a halter and leads the cow out. Your run-of-the-mill cow would walk or trot away before the stranger got to her. If she did happen to stand still, you'd never get a halter on her, and if you managed to get it on, you wouldn't be able to lead her anywhere, since cows have to be trained to lead.
I realize you can't expect city folks to know this, but if I was writing a book or producing a television show, I think I'd at least talk to a farmer about what goes on with cows.
I've been watching a show on Netflix, The Ranch. I first began watching it because I like Ashton Kutcher's looks, and continued watching... well, because I like Ashton Kutcher's looks. There's WAY too much unnecessary cussing, but I put up with that to watch the two brothers bantering with one another and their dad. It isn't what I'd call a great show, but it entertains me... mostly because of their total lack of knowledge about cattle.
On one episode, cattle prices were down and our ranchers were going broke. On the next episode, cattle prices had suddenly increased to the point where the ranchers were thinking about buying more land. Within the plot of the story, it couldn't have been over a couple weeks between episodes. Cattle prices don't normally go up that fast; seems like the bottom can fall out pretty quickly sometimes, but it usually takes a couple of years for them to get back where they were before the market fell.
The boys call their friendly veterinary frequently to check on a sick cow. Now, this is a beef cattle ranch; but every time they have the vet over, the sick cow is a friendly Jersey (dairy breed, not beef) wearing a halter, tied to a post and chewing her cud. Oh, and the floor around her in the barn is spotless, no poop or pee anywhere, the cleanest wood-floored barn I've ever seen. So the cow obviously isn't sick (chewing her cud?), doesn't defecate, and is trained to stand patiently when tied to a post. But she is part of a beef herd, with no mention of anybody milking the cow, who would HAVE to be milked, because her udder is huge, and a calf can't take that much. Besides, I see our ranchers taking store-bought milk from the refrigerator on occasion.
It's mind-boggling. Maybe I just need to get out of the house if I'm thinking about all this, right? After all, it IS a comedy, and I'm getting some extra laughs from their mistakes.