Last night at 3 a.m. the dogs woke us up with frantic barking - the cows were out, snacking at the bird feeders. We pulled on our coats and boots and herded the through the deep, crusty snow back toward the gate. Jitter went back into the pasture ok, but LaFonda squeezed her way though the people door into the barn and found the grain sack, which she immersed her head into and began to chow down, i was finally able to pull the sack away and we got her back through the door (amazing she could fit!)
FInally, with the enticement of fresh hay and cow cookies we lured her into the pasture and closed the gate. I had forgotten to notice whether the gate was unlocked, but we couldn’t see anywhere else they could have gotten out so I reprimanded myself for not securely latching the chain. As you can see from the above photo, the cows have been very well fed over the winter (they needed the calories; it was so cold!) and I decided to reduce their rations a bit before swimsuit season. Apparently they thought they needed a midnight snack.
When Rog got home he strung bright yellow nylon electric fence wire above the chain link. There is really no way to electrify it until the snow melts enough to restring the wires - so our fingers are crossed that she respects the wire.