Bulls Means Extra Fencing!

When you have a bull on the property you need an extra layer of fencing to keep him in where he belongs and won’t go visiting the neighbor ladies. Hopefully. Some of our north fencing is not in the best of shape and even though Hubby has tried to keep it up over the years, we like to run a hot wire when our borrowed bulls come. We don’t keep a bull of our own as we don’t have the proper pens and fencing to keep one full time. And you pretty much have to change bulls every two years or so anyway. We don’t want them breeding daughters and granddaughters. Mostly we have been lucky in having some nice tempered bulls here. I know some can be very mean. The bulls we have are usually fairly young and are good for small birth weight calves. We are getting to the point where we have as many heifers as bull calves.

I am getting a little off track. Sorry. Fencing. We have found that a hot wire can help greatly in keeping the bull from the girls next door, and the bull that is with them. Although the first bull we used did find a way to get past the hot wire and over the five foot barbed wire fence to visit the ladies the second year he was here. Thankfully there wasn’t any bull in with them at the time. This particular neighbor had hot wires running around their property as well. More at the bottom as the previous owners before them had about 200-300 meat goats at one time. They were always coming to visit our side and my mare was always trying to get them and chase them back. Anyway, back to Mr Bull. We could never figure out how he got over there as neither the hot fence, or barbed wire were disturbed in any way. I do know that cows and bulls can jump a fence. I really find that hard to believe as they are not built like a horse. And are not nearly as graceful. But I did see a steer we had jump our pen fence and was not seen for three days. A neighbor found him with his cows on the north side of our property. 

We had to run some hot wire along this north side after Hubby seen the cows were back. I think they go to a different pasture for the summer. We are not sure if they have a bull in with them yet as they were having calves about the time we were working on it. There is a bull on the east property where the goats were. Hubby already had that fence up. I don’t always have to help, but we were needing to get it done before this year’s bull came in a few days. It was a nice day and not too hot for the end of July. 

Our property is very full of trees, brush, weeds and you name it, it is there. We have to run down across a ravine, or more like a waterway, and through trees to get this wire up. Years ago we would pound in medal posts with a post driver and then string the wire. That was hard to do. For me at least. I could do about two, maybe three and I was done. I can’t do the work I used to do when I was in my 20s and 30s.Thank God they have an easier solution now. Step in stakes! They are made of plastic and are light and sooooo easy to push into the ground. At least if it is not too dry. We had had some good rains a week or so before this day, so they went in easy. We did start out with some thin metal electric post that did have be tapped in with a hammer. But, we didn’t have to many. 

July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (3) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (25)

And of course along the way the neighbor ladies come to see what we were doing. I had to take a picture of one cow in particular. She had the prettiest markings on her face. At least to me.

July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (22) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (21)

There were other surprises that I found interesting as well.

July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (1) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (2) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (16) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (17) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (18) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (19) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (20) 

There is one of many spots that I call the jungle on our place. This is one that we had to go through.

July 18, 2014 South side of jungle July 18, 2014 Tom emerging from east side of jungle July 18, 2014 West side of one of our jungles. July 18, 2014 South side of jungle

And guess who is driving the tractor? Well, yours truly. Although Hubby and I took turns putting in the stakes and driving. He did most of the labor, but I did help some. Especially when we had to run the wire through the slots on the stakes. That took both of us on foot mostly. Good exercise.

July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (14) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (15)

And I have to show some pictures from inside the jungle. I found a couple of turkey feathers. And there is the ravine, or waterway running through.

July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (26) July 18, 2014 Turkey feather back in the trees along north fence.

And this is my ghost feather. July 18, 2014 Turkey feather found not too far from first feather. I swear the white feather was not there when I took the picture. It is a ghost feather!

There was nothing in this spot except the feather I was taking a picture of. We were in the trees and no sunlight was shining through. I know cameras sometimes have a glare or something, but, don’t ruin it for me. I really like my ghost feather! 

To finish of the blog, as it is pretty long already, I will post a few more pictures of our cedar trees and brush. I am always telling Hubby we need a name for our farm. I think maybe we could call it Cedar Acres, or Brushy Farm. Hubby likes to lean toward The Poor Farm. Any preferences?  😀

July 18, 2014 Maybe we could call our farm The Cedar Farm!  (1) July 18, 2014 Maybe we could call our farm The Cedar Farm!  (2) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (12) July 18, 2014 running hot wire to keep bull on our side of fence, found some other good pictures (13)

Stay Safe and God Bless!

 

 

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6 responses to “Bulls Means Extra Fencing!

  1. If you get a close up I wonder if the tag will be visible ? then I may call her after the month or day she was born, I know what you you mean about naming things I have the same instinct LOL

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  2. I have no idea if she does or not. We don’t talk to the owner on a regular basis. Only when he needs a lost cow found, or we do. Or when we need to work together on fixing the fence. Here in Kansas at least, it is a sort of unwritten rule that when your fence runs along two bordered properties, you go to the middle of the fence line. Everything from that point to the right is your responsibility, and everything to the left is the other owners responsibilities. If the whole fence needs fixed at some point, the two get together and help and share the expense. I think I have that right. Back to the name of the cow, most farmers around here don’t always name their cattle. Mostly they go by the numbers on their ear tags. Usually the numbers are the dates they were born and/or what the breeding line is. We name ours, mainly because, 1-two of our first original four came with names, and 2-I have to name and pet anything I can get my hands on! 😀 If I can get the picture for you, you can name her anything you want.

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  3. I would like to see your ghost feather. That is a coincidence. Mine was back in late July. Not too far apart. You are not being cheeky or rude at all. I would be glad to try and get a picture of her. I will have to go out and check what time of day they come to that side of the fence. The property on that side is as big as ours, or bigger. If nothing else I can contact the owner and get permission to look for her on the property. He is pretty friendly and was the one who found our runaway steer. I can also try and blow up one of the two I have on the post if that won’t work. I will let you know what happens.

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  4. What a coincidence I had a ghost feather on my car yesterday, and after a very taxing day at ‘The Workplace’ it made my day 🙂 You have been sooo busy and the photos of you property look wonderful all that nature right on your doorstep, the cow with the white markings I LOVE her, could I be very cheeky/ rude and ask you to take a close up picture of her as her face is EXACTLY what I’m looking for as the image for the oil painting on my kitchen wall I told you about, If you think that crosses the bounds of our on line friendship I will totally understand

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