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What can be done about Neighbors cattle running loose in garden?

by cattlefarmer on July 31, 2009

harold p asked:


I neighbor will not keep his herd fed and there is no grass for t hem to eat so they come to my farm and feast on my garden and grass, this has happen several times, twice this past week

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Sharpie July 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Well you could build a fence to keep them out, get dogs to scare them away, ask your neibour to look after them or get an eletric or barbed wire fence.

Adam W August 2, 2009 at 9:43 am

shoot the kitty. mwahahahahahaaaaa

rmbrruffian August 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

If the herd is not being fed, call the Humane Society, or ASPCA. You should not have to put up a fence to keep your neighbor’s cattle off of your property – that’s HIS responsibility. If the ASPCA finds that his cattle are not being fed properly, they will fine him. If they get called again, they will take the cattle. You can also file complaints with the local law enforcement. Livestock are supposed to be kept fenced.

Wolfatrest2000- I’m thinkin’ BBQ ;)

wolfatrest2000 August 8, 2009 at 2:52 am

Everywhere I’ve ever heard of requires an owner to take reasonable measures to keep livestock contained. Take pictures or video the next time they are in your yard and call either the police or the local animal control officer. My experience would be that the police will not want to get involved especially since they really have no way to deal with cattle so you’d probably be better off calling animal control or whatever group around you looks after animal welfare. You can legally kill the cattle if they are in your yard as far as I know, but moving a dead cow is a LOT harder than you think and you certainly don’t want one stinking up your yard. Other than an electric fence designed for cattle, there isn’t much that will keep them out if they’re hungry.

violetlace4 August 11, 2009 at 3:41 am

Hello,, call the law on him a few times and then I believe he’ll listen to you. Put up no trespassing signs. And if you have to make one, get a sign that says,, Not responsible for injury to any animals that stray onto my property. And if none of this works, and the animal is in your garden. Shot it. Your protecting your property,, and heh, if they ask,, it came after you

Hondu August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

You need to be aware that in different parts of the US for example there is no herd law. Meaning that livestock owners are not responsible to keep their animals contained. If you live in a no herd law area it is your responsibility to keep them out of your property. And if you shoot one you will likely be the one in jail. Call your local law enforcement agency and get your facts before you heed some well meaning but uninformed advice.

momtosix August 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

How do you know he’s not feeding them hay? Sometimes, it’s just a few times a day and they may go through it fast..I would talk with him..See what he can do to help. Also, cows can be sneaky..Is he aware of the problem?

jaco August 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm

paint a target on their sides with a big bullseye .that should make him worry.

Nellie August 14, 2009 at 2:18 am

I like the target idea. Anyway, as a farmgirl I know the feeling. Our cows would get into our garden sometimes too.

Ok first of all, conatact the farmer the first time and the second time to informe him that his cows are in your garden/yard. The third time when you call him, inform him that if his cattle contiue to enter your yard, you will be talking to the cops and animal control. The second time they are in your yard, call the cops and animal control to find out what to do. What your rights are as the land owner.

If after the fourth time, don’t bother calling the farmer, call whoever you need to, to take care of the situation. It is the farmers job to ensure that his cattle stay on his property. And if he his not doing that, then to bad.

I know for us we had a neigbour who had bison and his fences. Dad told him that if any of his critter were found on our land, we would be having buffalo burger that night. He fixed his fence.

The bigest thing is when you talk to the farmer, do be all conferational and accuseing. Be polit no matter how much you want to hit him or whatever. Follow the three stick rule.

Hope this helps

Bob Bryant June 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Vermont is the only state in the union without a “fence out” law. In other words, it’s your obligation as a property owner to fence out the cattle. Yes, I sympathize with the hard working cattle ranchers, but some of them take care of their fences, and some are just lazy a***oles. I really like the target idea, but when it comes down to it, there is nothing that you can LEGALLY do. Just remember, the cattlemen are your neighbors and just may need support from you when trying to gain grazing permits, water rights, building permits, etc. Make them earn your support through responsible maintenance of fences.

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