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More specifically, Longhorns. We have about 60 of them ranging from month old calves to a ton plus bull. His name is JW and he is the ringleader. Yesterday the DH said to let them out to eat the front field. Being a somewhat dutiful DW, I did. Not 30 minutes later a neighbor called to ask if there was a hole in our fence becasue the "kids" were over on her road! The broke thru the hot wire, walked down our drive and went into the pasture next door. Well, thigh high hay wasn't good enough for some of them so they crossed the road and proceeded to go to the next field. While I am calling the DH , and trying to put on my sneakers at the same time another neighbor is ringing the doorbell. She went to her house and crossed over into the field and started to get them moving to the back so that we could get them on our side of the fence. Meantime I am chasing them on my side of the fence back into the enclosure at the back of the property. A couple of them are standing in the road obviously plotting their next move. A car going down the road stopped and a man got out to help us chase them back in. Before they left my yard, they had eaten 2 young ash trees and an esperanza that was 15 feet tall and now is only about 2 feet tall. Well. we got most of them to the back corner of the field, but there was no way for them to get thru the fence, so I run to the shed and get wire cutters. Have you ever tried to cut braided wire with plain old wire cutters? Enough said. When I finally got the wire cut, they had all gone for another walk. Now another neighbor is helping us chase them too and the young ones think this is great fun! I have to go back to the feed barn and get them some range cubes (cow candy) and shake the bucket so that they will follow me into the back. JW did look up, but decided that the hay was better than the candy and kept on munching. We had about half of them in at this point, so I ran to the front of the field and they started to follow that bucket and the candy. One of them really wanted some and I think she poked me with her horn about a dozen times. I am also wondering what is keeping DH when I look up and here he comes in his truck acros the field the horn blaring and chasing the stragglers. They finally figure out that we mean business, and start to come back. Oh, and then there are the donkeys we have to keep the coyotes away. They go in the opposite direction of the cows, do not like to follow at all. They hink we are playing tag and after a bit, we got them back in too. So after a beer or two, DH looks at me and says "We should do that more often" Yeah, only next time I 'll just watch! Here is a pic of them during the rain we had a bit ago. They look harmless, but I think they are now plotting their next escapade!

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Comment by Lynne Wurzer on September 30, 2010 at 12:34pm
Linda, that was too funny!!!!!!!!!!!ROFL!!!!! Thank God I don't have any chickens out there!
Comment by Barbara Graham on September 30, 2010 at 9:44am
What a great story! Next time you hold the video camera and call out encouraging suggestions. At least you got them home again safely before dark. A few nights ago, near our town, three black cows escaped and ran onto the highway. Not good.
Comment by Linda Hughes on September 29, 2010 at 6:57pm
LOL - makes me think of this song:
Comment by Kathleen/CA on September 29, 2010 at 10:18am
I love your story. It brought back memories of my childhood living on a dairy and every so often having a stray cow or bull who had to be herded and brought back into the field. It is always fun telling the story but the experience at the time can be a little hectic. Glad you can share the tale and entertain us all. Beautiful picture.
Comment by Judith Cogswell on September 29, 2010 at 8:09am
What an adventure!!!! Thanks for making me laugh this morning. In Montana we have free ranging cows. They are all over, everyone's yards, the middle of the road, etc. It's nothing to look out your window and see a herd looking in on you!
Comment by Terry F on September 29, 2010 at 6:43am
Yee-haw! Round 'em up Lynne!!!
Comment by Shannon, ON on September 28, 2010 at 7:01pm
Love the story. Living in a city of 4 million limits my wildlife exposure LOL. I do have a 15 pound slightly psycho, does that count LOL? Obviously your DH enjoyed it. wonderful!!
Comment by Trevi in Texas on September 28, 2010 at 5:32pm
I've lived in Houston all of my 61 years and have never been near a steer, much less a Longhorn. See them all the time driving across Texas, but they are behind a fence and in their pastures. Had no idea the trouble they can give to their keepers. I'm old enough to remember when everyone in the country thought if you were from Texas you rode a horse and were a cattle rancher. Times have changed.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 28, 2010 at 4:54pm
What an adventure you had! To be in the background watching would be great humor, but to be the one trying to get them back in had to be not so much fun. Glad they have some 'candy' that will bring them in. Imagine now you have some fence mending to do and making good with your neighbors. I'm so glad others stopped to help.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on September 28, 2010 at 3:15pm
I can just see you in my imagination. (Sorry, it does make me chuckle). All's well that ends well - here's hoping there isn't a next time anytime soon.

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