Not intentionally mind you, but yes, we have a calf in our pasture right now.
Tonight my husband went out to put the steaks on the grill (how funny), and spotted some people that appeared to be up to no good on the back corner of our property. We’ve had livestock theft ring going on out here all over the far east valley so we assumed they were up to no good. People have been out and about stealing calves, foals, baby goats, etc, like crazy out here so we assumed the worst.
There’s nothing like calling the Sheriff’s department and saying “We have people trespassing on our property and my husband is out there holding them on the property… please get out here…. oh, and my husband is armed…”
Well, turns out that they were legit and had lost 3 calves….
After the cops left, I went back outside and I’m not sure what made me go to the fencing but glad I did, because I realized not only had my garden and the fencing been trampled, but a major section of our pole-fencing for the pastures had been compromised and my neighbors fence was pushed 1/2 down. While those people were chasing the cows around, one of them had crashed into the fencing and really did a number on it.
Plus, had my horses decided to take a walk around, they could have gotten out. So I put the poles back up and pulled my neighbors fencing back up, and then called the cops again to let them know we had damage as well.
The sheriff came back out to see what damage was done and as we’re talking we hear some loud mooing.
One of the calves was in my neighbors yard across the street. They called the guy who’s cattle it was to tell him to come back. I only stayed for a bit, but apparently they tried to get the cow but she/he jumped another gate and took off. Later, the Sheriff’s office got a bunch of calls “Cow in the road”…. She’s been chasing cows all night….
Jump forward to 2AM, I just got out of the shower and was getting ready to call it a night when we hear “MOOOOOOOOO” Ray says “Um, Beth?”
I told him I heard it and went out to investigate. I stood on the porch, listening, and heard/saw nothing. Then I moved and something took off in our field. I couldn’t spot her with the flashlight but when I took the jeep and drove down the ditch, I spotted her half-way down in my field. Big white calf right in the middle of one of my fields….
I called the Sheriff’s office… again… and they’re going to call the guy to let him know we’ve got one of his cows. The sheriff was pretty much laughing at this point.
Hopefully she’s trapped there for the night. I just hope she stays the night so I can get a pic of our overnight guest in the morning. I threw her some hay and filled a water bucket for her. Hopefully she’ll take that as a warm welcome.