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Cows Escaped!

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Cattle' started by Rammy, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Mar 20, 2018
    Rammy

    Rammy Loving the herd life

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    Hi Y'all

    Well.........had the little heifers in a enclosed area where they could get out and eat some grass. I made a fenced off area around the chicken pen and used some cattle panel to make a run so they could get out there. Ive had this fence up for the chickens for a few years. One area that I had it stapled to the corner post of my backyard only had two staples holding it there. Never had a problem. Until Sunday.
    Little heifers figured out they could push that fence and got out into the main pasture. I have since added more staples to that spot, but we have decided to just let them out into the main pasture now since there is more grass out there than what was in the pen. Just hope they dont decide to go wandering again.
    Got them to come in that night, well, walked behind them and they went into the barn is what really happened. Holy Cow!! haha!!

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  2. Mar 21, 2018
    WildRoseBeef

    WildRoseBeef Range nerd & bovine enthusiast

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    You're lucky one, you had a larger pasture they could get out into and no further, and two, you got grass!! Here where I live there's still plenty of snow on the ground.

    Glad things panned out much better than you probably expected! :)
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2018
    Rammy

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    Yeah, no kidding!! I just hope it stays that way. I only have five strands of hotwire up, and lowered the bottom on a little because it was about a foot off the ground. Now its about6-8 inches. Most of the wire is evenly spaced, but not a professional job. Me and my neighbor did it ourselves. It was initially done "professionally" when it was first put in, but have since over the years had to replace posts and fix wire myself. The 'professionals" used staples to attach the hotwire to the posts instead of using insulators. <sigh> But I didnt have a box hooked up to it at the time so didnt matter. But, as I said, over the years, have worked on the fence myself by taking out all those staples and replacing them with the proper hardware and tightening the wire, stuff like that. Put up cross wire on the corner posts to prevent leaning. The"professional" supposidly also put the wood posts on two feet deep. I can pull them out myself and most are 16" if even that.
    As someone once said, you want it done right do it yourself. Or have a woman do it.<g>
    Im glad I have grass, but these heifers are pretty smart. Im just hoping they dont see a spot in the fence and go, hmmmmm, lets go say Hi! to the neighbors.:)

    Rammy
     
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  4. Mar 21, 2018
    Rammy

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    P.S. I just saw where you are! Hope you can still find your cows in all that snow! Here in Tennessee, we dont get much, but when we do..........people clean out the grocery stores!. Its funny because when we do get snow, it rarely lasts more than a couple days. This year, in January, we did get a decent snow that lasted a whole week. Try to stay warm, and hope your herd is ok!

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  5. Mar 21, 2018
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    Boy you were lucky, the heifers didn't wander off too far! We had that happened to us as well when we first got our 2 heifers last summer. The little one (4 months old at the time) had "escaped" the fence a few times and luckily she didn't wander far either. The fences have since then "reinforced" and no more escape episodes. I named the little one Scaper for being the little escape artist that she is!
     
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    RollingAcres

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    p/s: no grass here yet either, still lots of snow on the ground.
     
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  7. Mar 22, 2018
    Rammy

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    How did you reinforce your fence? I initially only had three strands up but added two more and tried to evenly space them so they are about 6-8 inches apart. So far they havent tried to escape again, but I wouldnt put it past them. Im glad you had a good outcome with yours also that they didnt wander too far. The one that did escape that we got back a week later took quite<sp> the trip around the neighboring pastures. She is since locked up at my neighbors barn until we can get her calmed down some. Im just hoping as headstrong as she is she doesnt try another jail break. :)

    Rammy
     
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  8. Mar 22, 2018
    Rammy

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    Where are you at?

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    Sounds eventful! I too am jealous of your grass, the snow just melted away here in Northern CO but its supposed to snow on Monday again :hit
    Good things your heifers like you! I want a few cattle, how many do you have?
     
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  10. Mar 22, 2018
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    Technically, I have 4 Angus heifers. When I was herding them in yesterday to put them up, one kept turning and looking at me. Im thinking, I hope you dont decide to come at me!! Right now, they are about 5 months old. I only have three in the pasture right now since one escaped and the neighbor who went in with me to get these girls got the one that escaped back and took her to his barn just across from mine to calm her down. I dont really want her back with the others because Im afraid she will remember she escaped from my pasture once, lets try again!
    I love Colorado! Want to come and see all the Mountains sometime. Maybe a few cowboys, too<wink>;)