Pastures are greener on your side. When green pastures are gone trespassing cattle might graze on your side if the ornery property owners that you share adjoining properties with find a low spot on your fence or cut a piece of fence large enough to let their cows wander through so they can eat your green fields bare.
This occurrence may be an intrusive growing threat as droughts worsen.
In times of drought desperate cattlemen & women, ranchers or farmers may find it difficult to supply enough hay, range cubes salt licks and water to meet the demands of their herd since grass may be in short supply burning up from the extreme heat.
A cattleman who can’t keep up with the supply and demand of food and water to their herd may find their herd to start dying off of starvation and thirst. A cattleman can do nothing and watch their herd die of thirst and starvation or they can sell their cattle and salvage some of their loss. When drought is raging its head and hitting hard selling cattle at this time usually results in loss instead of a gain in profit. This is because others are suffering from the effects of the drought as well. Some cattlemen are better equipped to handle drought situations but still buying cattle during drought times is an investment. You can turn a profit from someone’s loss or you can suffer loss to. An investment in cattle during drought is hoping that you’ll be able to profit when the drought ends.
Some cattle raisers will do anything they can to keep from having to sell their cattle or sitting back and watching them die. If they do have to sell they’ll want to make sure their herd is good and fat because it will beef up their sell. A cow or bulls weight usually raises the price or cuts it.
If the adjoining property has grass the cattlemen may look for a low spot in the fence that the cattle can walk over or they may cut the fence and make a hole large enough for the cattle to walk through so they can get to and eat the grass. If the property owner has water that’s great! The herd will have water. For the property owner the neighbor’s trespassing- grazing cows can destroy property, eat up all the grass and lower the water level or drink all the water up completely.
A herd on an adjoining property that’s grass supply is diminished or gone will break through fences on their own if they spy grass on the other side. They’ll do the same for water.
For a property owner who one day discovers a herd of cattle on their property they will have to look for clues into whether the herd crossed over on their own or with help. A fence that is mashed to the ground may have been done so with someone’s help or a cow or bull could have done it. Sometimes a lone bull or cow will jump over the fence if it’s low enough and within their jumping level. But if the fence is cut that’s a big sign that the herd had help.