Morning Phone call from DH: FG- How was your night hon? DH- Bad, and I got woke up with a knock on the door at 6:15 am from Farmer T as our cows were grazing in her front yard.. OPPS!
DH: Once I got the halter on Girl, they lead fine and came back to the barn, I will figure out where they broke out and get on it and get back to you..
FG- Email- Hi hon, figure out how the cows broke out yet?
DH-Email- Cows got out of their night box stall because I forgot to put the chain on the gate, then they broke down the favorite spot and got into our garden, then following the tracks (mighty tracker my man is they ambled along the edge of our front yard, and though the food forest, across the road and over to check out the woods and Farmer T’s front yard..
FG-Email.. O, that’s to bad, well the gate part is fairly easy to fix but what about the fence part..
DH- Hauled the huge full new rolls of sheep fencing and redid that part of the fence (it was done when we had sheep and worked lovely but really needed to be beefed (get it LOL) beefed up for the cows and it was the long list of things to do, and then he put up a three strand of barbwire on the inside, as well as finished off running the top barbwire strand around the big pasture for the cows..
FG- Did you get the cows out to graze today to see if it holds?
DH- No, I was going to put them out to graze but decided that it was rewarding their breakout, so they are in their stalls with hay and water (FG picturing, slow clanging of the metal dish with soulful music in the background as the cows calls out for their jailor to being them their stale bread and water…giggle, snort)
Thankfully, they didn’t go far, they are perfectly fine and Farmer T was cool, but its still not a nice way to wake up in the morning and its not something you want the cows learning to do. Dh is working on putting up new bigger stronger metal gates today that will also be cow proof instead of just sheep proof for the one area of the big pasture, we spent all that time last year making the small pasture ready for the cows but they end up spending just as much time in the big pasture or out on their tethers in the as yet unfenced area.