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Unexpected Visitors
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EIEIO    Posted 09-08-2002 at 04:54:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well the fog just lifted and what do I see outside the window, every single one of my neighbors cows are here, I mean right here in our pasture. They are all over the place. The neighbor is gone for the weekend. Now I will really see how good HalfPint is in herding critters. I just hope the bull isn't around. This is one time that Dennis will have to help me with the morning feeding. My pigs sure don't like it they are pitching a fit. Just thought I would share because this is something new for us.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 09-08-2002 at 07:14:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
At least they aren't in the road. That happens a bunch around here. I hit one several years ago. It was patchy fog out. Was meeting another vehicle. Between the glare of the other headlights and the fog, I couldn't see. Soon as I broke out the other side of the fog patch, there stood the young bull staring at my truck. Time it hit the brakes and braced myself, I hit the bull. Killed the bull and killed my truck. Didn't hurt me. Nobody would claim the bull.

john d    Posted 09-08-2002 at 07:10:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Came home from work one evening and my wife (who was a stay-at-home-mom at the time said "The cattle got out today!" I said "Where?" She said "I don't know where they went through the fence, but they came walking up the lane (from the back of the farm) and into the yard!" These were actually my Father's beasties, but my parents were on vacation in Arizona at the time.

I said "What did you do?" and she replied "Well, Phil (neighbor) was going past and saw me out there trying to get them headed back to the pasture lot, so he stopped and we got them turned in where they belonged."

At this point I had visions of a loooong evening fixing fence in the dark, with temperatures falling quickly, so I said "Delay supper for a couple of hours, and I'll go check the fence to see where they got out back there!"

I went to the barn to run water for them and put down hay so I could then run the fence. When I got to the barn, there were more cattle than should have been there..... About 60 instead of 30!

I went back to the house and said "I don't know who's cattle came walking up that lane, but they weren't OURS!" After explaining the situation to her, I got on the phone to see who's they might be. On the third call, neighbor Earl, a rather laid-back individual, said "Well, they MIGHT be mine! I'll come over!"

Earl and his brother arrived in a few minutes. We looked over the fence at the herd and he said "How many did you have?" I told him there were 32 total. He said "How many you got now?" It was nearly dark, and I said "Something close to 60! Can you identify any of yours?"

Earl scanned the herd and said "Nope. They're all black and they've got 4 feet!"

At this point, I proposed a deal. "Earl, how about I feed, water, and keep them all until Dad gets back next week, and you look for the hole in the fence tomorrow?" Earl figured he couldn't beat a deal like that, so we quit being concerned for the evening.

Earl fixed the fence, I fed the critters for a week, and when Dad came back, he and Earl opened the gate and let cattle out until 32 were left. Good neighbors can usually find a way to solve problems!

My wife has been known as the "Community Cattle Rustler" for over 25 years now!

EIEIO    Posted 09-08-2002 at 07:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great Story. Another reason I love living here you never know what the day will bring. In the city you always knew and 3/4 of the time it sure wasn't anything good. At least in the country I feel that everyone cares about everyone else and shows respect to each other. Minor inconvenience was the cows. Only problem is I don't know where his cows went off to. They aren't in the neighbor's pasture, last I saw they were on the side pasture dirt road but the gate was closed. They got out a few weeks ago and ended up a couple of miles away so the neighbors up thataway helped herd them back. This guy has the worse time with these cows. He only has a one electrical wire to keep them in and our back neighbors who own the pasture forget to turn on the juice. They are friends and both couples left for the weekend together. I just hate to see the mess he is going to have when he gets back trying to round them up. I just hope he finds them all.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-08-2002 at 06:37:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, that's the way it goes some times out in the country. Walk the fence and see where they got in at. shoo them back over to your neighbor's side and then fix the fence. Thank God you live where you do and it isn't a gang trying to break into your downtown apartment!

Mudcat49    Posted 09-08-2002 at 06:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well the gang breaking in could be taken care of easy!!! But you can't shoot the neighbors cows!!!!

EIEIO    Posted 09-08-2002 at 06:48:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can't, heck I was already planning my menu for the year. Good thing I didn't get out the shotgun.

Gove r    Posted 09-08-2002 at 09:40:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a neat experience a few years neighbor to the east of me....with charolais animals; one evening, dark, winter time, after work, went out and fed the cows with my old 66 merc, thought I better take a swing through the coral to check the waterer....was so preocupied with that, when I made the swing around with my head out the window, then I looked back through the winshield, there about twenty feet in front of the truck stood this huge charolais bull!!! Man!!! was I surprissed!!!! This neighbor hasn't quite figured me out yet....he is way too serious! 'Bout the third time I talked with him, he asked what I did about coyotes.....I said shoot em!! even if they are on my place, shoot em! he said he was sure relieved about that, didn't know if I liked haveing them around or not and if he would be in trouble if he shot them, also he didn't think he should shoot towards my woodlot, because my black cows might be in there and he might hit one.....told him to go ahead...... if he did hit a cow, would be alrite as long as there was a dead coyote laying there too! but, if there was a dead cow and no coyote.....then I might be a tad concerned......he has always looked at me kinda funny after that......have a gooder,R.E.L.

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