Neighbouring farming communities often come into conflict over grazing rights, or personal grievances. This is especially true where one community raises cattle, and the other sheep. The outlook of cow- and sheep-based farmers is totally different.
It is well-known that shepherds are kind and gentle. Indeed would-be shepherds whose nature is too stormy are often made to take angora management courses.
By contrast, most bullies are cowherds at heart.
Herding cattle is much more aggravating, since the animals are harder to care for. Often the hills are alive with the sound of moo sick. Thus cowherds are often sadists, displaying 'cowdenfreude'; taking joy in the misfortunes of udders.