Saturday, September 29, 2018

Surprise On The Road

Living in a rural farming/ranching area, surprises in the roadway sometimes happen. It could be a stray dog, feral cat, turkeys or peacocks, stray livestock. I've come upon domestic goats, sheep, alpacas, and cattle in addition to feral goats, mouflon, and pigs. No livestock owner wants their stock to be in the road, but it happens. Today I came upon this......


Not knowing who owned them, I called the police. My top concern was that they would wander onto the main highway and cause an accident. They were about a half mile from the highway and were heading that direction. Failing to be able to get around them and thus drive them back up the mountain and into some neighbor's pasture for safety, I helplessly stood guard to prevent a vehicle from coming down the mountain, thus hitting or spooking them further down to road. They continued to head for the highway and I can only hope that the police arrived in time to block the end of the road. Guess I'll hear the neighborhood gossip tomorrow as to what finally happened. 

Keeping livestock adequately confined can be difficult, but it's the responsibility of every livestock owner. And it's always a nightmare when they break out. On my own farm I check the condition of my fences daily, looking for weak or damaged spots. Even so, I've had livestock escape, usually because a fence section was brought down by a fallen tree or weakened due to acid rain. Most of my stock is behind double fencing, which helps a lot to keep them in my own property. So if I notice that the pigs have escaped, they are still behind the second fence that completely surrounds the farm perimeter. 

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  1. I'm sure someone was in a panic when they went to check on them and realized they were gone! Hopefully they'll be rescued by their owner before an unhappy incident.

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    1. I haven't heard the neighborhood gossip yet (it's been raining, thus people aren't out and about) but at least there weren't any police reports of an accident involving these cattle. I think they came from a farm a mile down the road. I'm assuming that they are now back home.

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  2. What kind of cows are they? They look like they should be in Africa instead of Hawaii.

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    1. I haven't talked with their owner, but I'm summing that they are Ankole-Watusi cattle. Africa? Good guess! They came from Africa via American zoos, and are now being actively bred in the USA.

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