If a cow's milk wouldn't churn to cheese, what was an ancestor to do? Put rowan branches above the milking shed to ward off evil magic of course! Well, at least there's evidence that some Scottish ancestors may have been depending on that remedy back in the 18th century.
According to a recent article from the BBC News, Dr Karen Cullen, of higher education institute UHI encountered many such tactics when recently researching for her upcoming lecture Charmed Cows and Contentious Neighbours.
Though the church advised against it, charms were often used by parishioners in need of answers for problems they often attributed to witchcraft. You can read this intriguing article on the BBC News Website.