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By onbliss ·
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005. Under the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST is extended by one week to the first Sunday in November. The new start and stop period begins March 2007.

The original House bill would have added two full months, one in the spring and another in the fall. According to some U.S. senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock, and airline officials said it would have complicated scheduling of international flights. So, a compromise was worked out to start DST on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

Enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 will not alter the rights of the states and territories to choose not to observe Daylight Saving Time.



The place where I work, had set up an exploratory committee err.. :-) a functional team to explore, identify and mitigate issues.

Reminds me of Y2K.....

I did not know about this until I received an email from a co-worker. How is the awareness about the change on March 11th?

Looks like MS XP SP1 requires some updates.

Things appear quite calm.

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Affect livestock?

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to 3/11

The committee does realise they are just moving the little hand on the clock and not adjusting the earth's orbit don't they?

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Doing their work

by onbliss In reply to Affect livestock?

I guess they are just doing their work to ensure the systems work correctly.

Well it looks like the Y2K bug did not really bite us after all :-)

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"Y2K bug did not really bite us"

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Doing their work

Only because a lot of us busted our donkeys to make sure it didn't :-)

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Thanks to them...

by onbliss In reply to "Y2K bug did not really b ...

...and what an employment opportunity it was :-)

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Hey, cows have feelings too!

by NickNielsen In reply to Affect livestock?

You can't just change milking time arbitrarily or they stop giving milk.

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I just had visons of them

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Hey, cows have feelings t ...

checking their fake rolexes and mentally working out how fast to secrete milk so the udder would be full at the right time.

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But of course

by NickNielsen In reply to I just had visons of them

we wouldn't want them to be udder failures...

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Livestock Indirectly Effected

by TheChas In reply to Affect livestock?

Especially on the western edges of time zones, DST has always been a problem for farmers. If any group looses time because of DST, it is farmers.

A lot depends on if the farmer can continue to follow a natural rather than a man-made schedule.

A dairy farmer has the most issues to deal with. Dairy cows want / need to be milked at the same time each day in order to keep milk production at it's optimum. Change the milking time, and production levels will be low for weeks if not months. When you shift the hands of the clock, the cow still wants to be milked at the "normal" time. The farmer and any hired help may not be able to stay on the cows time when we shift to and from DST.

Even crop farmers would rather stick with standard time. They would rather get their work done earlier in the day and have free time in the evening, than work past 9 or 10 PM.


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Then the best is to switch to CMT

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Livestock Indirectly Effe ...

Cow's Milking Time.
Biological clocks are set by by a period of sunlight, so the ruminants probably have a better sense of time than some twit of a politician.

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even if

by Jaqui In reply to 3/11

I was in the US, I really wouldn't care.
I personally don't change a single clock or observe the complete waste of effort that is daylight savings time.

it's sole purpose is to screw up your sleep patterns.

you don't get any extra daylight.
you don't SAVE any time.
there is exactly the same number of hours of daylight without it as with it.

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