This time of the year we always have a bit of trouble with cows and fences. We feed hay and supplement but the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence or something.
Right now we have 3 cows that want to go walkabout. They aren't wild, are perfectly willing to walk back to the gate and stand there and be let back in the pasture but it's a PITA when cows don't stay where they should.
Thursday afternoon, I took off work to see if I could see how they were getting out. I found a place in a high tensile fence that wasn't energized they were walking through. That fence is along some woods and it's tough to keep hot and we just hadn't heated it up. I added two strands of barbed wire to the existing smooth wire, added posts and generally tightened everything up. It's not exactly a rectangular field but for simplicity's sake, I'll say this was on the south side of the field and I added the wire across the entire width of the field. Just as I was putting tools away, here come our delinquents. They looked at my truck, looked at me and walked up about 6' feet from the fence. Cow eyed the fence and you could see cow brain working overtime. She didn't walk up to it but after a minute or so deliberately took a left turn and walked to the east side of the field which I had not worked on. She proceeded to walk through that fence. I ran her back through the fence and called her impolite names but it didn't do any good. This morning at 6:00 am all three cows were casually outside the fence.
Today I checked insulators, added a few posts, cut brush etc. from the east fence and put an energizer on it. It's a solar energizer so not terribly powerful but hopefully enough to convince the cows to stay home. As soon as possible the delinquents are going on a truck. We don't need smart cows, we need cows that will stay home.
Tree (and cow) farmer