Daylight Saving Time is frustrating, says Valley Farmer

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Daylight saving time means the sun rises later in the afternoon.

The change happened on Sunday when we lost an hour of sleep. The change can be difficult to adapt to, and the change can be especially confusing for animals with feeding schedules.

Farmers in the valley say that a stable routine is important for humans but also benefits livestock, so the sudden change is difficult.

“Whether it’s light at 6 a.m. or light at 7 a.m., if you have constancy, both the human body and livestock get used to that constancy and they can deal with it. All of a sudden you start switching a full hour in a day, it messes everything up,” said Bradley Dunsmore, president of the Augusta County Farm Bureau.

Many people believe the US has started changing the time with the seasons because of farmers, but the US Department of Transportation said that is not the case.

Daylight Saving Time was introduced to save energy. The sun that shines longer helps people be on the go instead of using electricity at home. The department also claims that jumping forward reduces crime and accidents.

However, Dunsmore said the clock change can be difficult for farmers, particularly during early morning tasks like feeding.

“You spend three or four months in the dark feeding cattle in the morning and in the last few weeks you finally get some daylight in the morning. I just realized last week that I support myself from my own farm. They can feed all the time and never need any of the lights on the equipment,” Dunsmore said. “Finally getting there after four dark months and then daylight savings time comes and then we’re right back feeding headlights all morning, I think that’s pretty frustrating.”

Daylight Saving Time will continue through Sunday, November 6th, when we “fall behind”, get another hour of sleep, and time will switch to standard time.

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