You have to be able to read the signs on a farm. I’m getting better at it, and now I’m going to help you too.
Cows are herd animals. They like to hang out together, and it amazes me how they unanimously decide to migrate across the field to eat, or drink, or whatever.
The first sign of a compromised fence is when you look over to their field and see just a few cows. SOMEthing is up.
Sign #2 is when you examine the herd more closely and you see this:
Now to regular folks, this would not be an issue. But I know it’s a sign of a problem because we don’t own a horse. Nor have we invited one over for a barn party. The presence of this horse means that it was able to come over somewhere from next door without too much trouble.
Sign # 3, and fail-proof evidence of a significant problem is when going on a fun ride with my visiting city-slicker friend, we came across this – about a mile away. . .
These cows are in an unfenced field. They are black. And they are ours. So it’s time to gather the neighbors and do a bit of herding. It’s always most adventurous to herd the cows when it’s almost dark. It’s inevitable. When it’s time to herd cows, it’s on it’s way to being night time.
Time to check on the fences. Again.