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Flitting by... [Mar. 11th, 2010|09:24 pm]

I'm off to College Station early in the morning and will be gone all day (obviously) and not home until afternoon Saturday. 

The cattle got loose again today (not ours--neighbor's) and were in someone else's back yard, happily grazing.  But it doesn't take long for half a dozen cattle to graze out one yard, and then they go somewhere else.  One of this bunch is a nice big muscular polled Angus bull...not what you want to find out your back door, or--as yesterday--wandering around what you intend for your vegetable and wildflower garden.   The fence they're getting out by has a number of bad areas--a couple adjacent to our garden, the rest into the other back yard.   The "trap" as it's called that they came from is too small for that many cattle for as long as they've been there--they've eaten it down.   So the fence needs to be replaced with a good fence (it was never intended to hold cattle for long)  but the owner of the cattle (and fence) isn't eager to do the work or spend the money right now.  I can understand that, but I also don't want those critters in our yards again.

The plum trees are gorgeous and smell even better than they look.   I may take the camera with me tomorrow just in case I run into good wildflowers between here and College Station--not on the way down, when I need to just drive to get there in time, but on Saturday, when I can loaf along on the way back.

Packing almost done, then shower, then bed, and I hope tonight I can sleep through.   Broken sleep is the pits.

[User Picture]From: damedini
2010-03-12 04:00 am (UTC)
No! I understand - bulls are dangerous! Isn't there some legal obligation to keep your animals contained?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-03-13 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, there is. But on the practical side, stock does stray occasionally, and the usual owner response is to fix the fence quickly (knowledgeable owners. There was a gal in FFA here who just didn't get it that her show calf, as it got bigger, got stronger.) Usually the law doesn't get involved unless there's imminent danger to traffic or someone is injured by the loose animals.

However, these cattle have been out twice in the week, so if they get out again, we'll report it.
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[User Picture]From: harfafnor
2010-03-12 04:41 am (UTC)
I say if he doesn't want to fork out the effort or bucks then a good trade would be a beef critter. Or maybe if they have some other critter to trade?
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2010-03-12 06:44 am (UTC)
I wish they had fragrance cameras. I'd love to know how the plum trees smell.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2010-03-12 07:44 am (UTC)
From what I recall about such things, most places it'll be a *lot* cheaper for him to fix the fence than deal with what a court will do to him.

Mind you, it'd make for bad blood between neighbors, but I believe that after several escapes the laws in most places tend to go for letting the folks the animals are trespassing on either claim them or shoot them.

At the very least he's liable for damages.

Straying livestock are not taken lightly in places where livestock are common.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-03-13 06:30 pm (UTC)
True. And I suspect that other neighbors than us may start a fuss if the critters are out again.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2010-03-13 09:22 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me that a possible compromise might be making a deal to help them with fixing the fence(s) in return for a "share" of the steak on the hoof...

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-03-13 11:19 pm (UTC)
Richard's already helped fix one corner, sort of, with the material they had to hand. But he's not up to doing a lot of heavy work now, and I don't have time. Besides, we have two freezers full of our *own* beef, so a share of this beef is "excess to requirements."
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From: zackthedog
2010-03-12 02:28 pm (UTC)


I agree, it's usually good to avoid trouble with the neighbors, but if it happens too many times I'd be tempted to "fix" the fence from my own side and claim as abandoned anything that had wandered across. (Very annoying to be feeding another person's animal.)
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[User Picture]From: grassrose
2010-03-13 02:39 am (UTC)
I guess telling your neighbor that you've dressed out a calf and are eager to try your butchering skills on something bigger wouldn't be neighborly...
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-03-13 06:28 pm (UTC)
No--esp. as our freezer is full. We'll get it worked out.
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