Yes. That is the intention - for cows to be much rarer than a thumbs up. As a general rule of thumb, a post gets a cow if the post is awesome or particularly helpful. An above and beyond thing. And since cows are new, we are also granting cows for "past helpfulness" in some cases.
Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:Right now, ranchers and above can give out cows. Rancher as you might know are members who have made good and useful posts.
The feature is more or less beta, and will be tweaked as we go along.
Just realized that this is likely not known to the ranchers -- unless I missed an announcement. This means that Pat, who is already a rancher, will just see the new cow granting feature, and can only conclude that anyone (including greenhorns and ranchhands) can grant cows.