It’s that time of year where the cows are extra enthused to scratch on any solid object. And OOOH they love it. Especially when we bring them up to the yards. So much to scratch on, so little time. They really get into it.
Which is fine. Though we have this one barrier to our yards that took a beating when the gutter system gone wrong weakened the underfoot, so the giant concrete pillars would wobble if some massive force … or cow scratch … tested it.
And OOOh they did. The herd LOVES a good scratch. Especially now when the weather is warmer. We used to park the digger to hold the wall up, but in the last few months, we didn’t need that safety net.
The top bar is made of heavy pipe. Except for the last bit … the wobbly bit … that is a plank of wood that has been winning the herd triage battle for years. They test it, but that wood held strong. Except for today. The herd came in for triage, Brent went out to set up their next move and I herd a crack. Instead of helping him, I manned the corner. There was a snap in the wood, but it might hold for this round and we could fix it after.
I was trying to think of ways to quickly reinforce the plank while we triaged. All options involved materials and time. I stepped away to check the water and I heard the final “crack.” Quickly! What material can bind two planks of wood withstanding a half ton animal head in search of a scratch? Duct tape. Just so happens, I had some close by.
I quickly patched with duct tape the two pieces of broken plank together to make it, presumably, stronger than it was before. As a back-up, I asked Brent to drive the digger round to hold up the fence and detour any fence jumpers.
Hahahah. We’ve not had a cow jump a barrier. Don’t worry. Except for today. It wasn’t over my outstanding duct tape improvisation. She tried to jump over a proper barrier.
“She’s going to jump, Brent”
“Don’t worry, she won’t jump”
herd leaves the yards
“She jumped, Brent”
Yep, she JUMPED. Amazing. We moved her safely with the other triaged cows. They were a bit on edge, but calmed down soon enough. Now I’m hoping she won’t remember her super cow jumper powers.
… and now this. Monster Cars in France.