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#6240062 - 03/29/16 07:37 AM Feeder pen vs cow
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We keep all of our feeders behind feeder fences; until last season that has worked fine. There are about 30 head of cattle out at our lease and one of the big girls has figured out how to wiggle herself over my 38" welded panel fence and get into my corn. Its the same cow every time. I've debated running a single strand of barbed wire around the top of the pen (3-4" above the top of the panel) but I don't want that to be a deference to the deer. I know that the adult deer can still easily get over a 42" fence but I worry that the fawns may have trouble. If the fawns can't get in and feed with momma, then the doe might be more likely to pass the feeder for a more accessible food source. Ideas/input please

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#6240087 - 03/29/16 08:01 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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Solar fence charger.
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#6240183 - 03/29/16 09:27 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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I'd run an extra strand of wire, but make it to where when you're there on the weekends you can pull that strand down to make it flush with the panels.
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#6240228 - 03/29/16 10:11 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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Lift the panels up about 12" to 16" off the ground, and the deer can easily get under the fencing. Plus, it lifts the top up higher for the cows. I used to do this, and it works fine to keep the stubborn cattle out.
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#6240238 - 03/29/16 10:22 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
killen Offline
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eat the cow

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#6240292 - 03/29/16 11:26 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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^^ depending on who owns the cow, might be some expensive meals, lol!

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#6247115 - 04/04/16 08:46 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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Raise the panels and some deer will go under and other will still jump them.
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#6247133 - 04/04/16 08:58 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: Dry Fire]
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Originally Posted By: Dry Fire
Solar fence charger.


I would do this. I have used a top wire solar wire on a low three strand barbwire feed pen before. You might even be able to turn it off once your cow gets stung a couple times.
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#6247172 - 04/04/16 09:18 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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If you lift the panel hogs will go under as well.

Certain cattle figure out they can do something and nothing short of selling or butchering will stop them. Seen a few over the years that learned they could jump a fence, that was the end of them they always made a trip to the auction.
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#6253823 - 04/09/16 08:50 PM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
Woodrow1 Offline
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I had one cow that jumped the fence and would destroy the feeder.

I now hang my feeder with a boat winch/cable.

Works great.

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#6257576 - 04/12/16 08:56 PM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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I had a lease where barbed wire would not stop one cow in particular. It started when I tossed a pumpkin in the pen. She wanted it. Then she enjoyed corn on the ground followed by knocking the feeder over. I fixed then fence but at that point she cared even less - she wanted more. Only took a couple times before the situation was remedied by moving the feeder to a new location. Hind sight being 20/20 I should have tried solar wire. Would have been real easy given she always tore down the same panel.
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#6257786 - 04/13/16 04:06 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
If you lift the panel hogs will go under as well.

Certain cattle figure out they can do something and nothing short of selling or butchering will stop them. Seen a few over the years that learned they could jump a fence, that was the end of them they always made a trip to the auction.


Exactly why I started using heavy 15' legs anchored with T-posts (winch). Thought about going to 18-20' but didn't need to. The cows would bump on them for a few days and give up/move on. Don't fence for cows anymore. Just tall enough they can't get to the spinner. Just fence off the feeders you don't want pigs at, done. Fought cows for years, no more problems after going high with heavy pipe. Don't go less than 15'.
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#6257788 - 04/13/16 04:19 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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I just have two strands of barbed wire around the feeder pen with my hog trap in the far corner. It has been successful for six years keeping cows out at this location. Then the land owner decided to get these smart white cows. These suckers get in all of the time. I caught this one fair and square, I think I should get to keep her.
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#6257801 - 04/13/16 05:50 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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Lol

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#6258214 - 04/13/16 11:17 AM Re: Feeder pen vs cow [Re: TxRedhawk]
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2 X 4s attached from T post top to T post top worked at one pen we had that attracted particularly stubborn cows.
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