[Market-farming] Animal and neighbor problems

Mike Brabo mdbrabo at att.net
Wed Mar 30 01:00:23 EDT 2011

Loved your comment about the smell of smoked pork wafting through the trees.

Our neighbor used to let his cows range freely all over the area.  After a couple warnings we took photos of damage, cleaned up cow patties and sent an invoice listing $35/hr for cleaning up their cow's manure.  Invoice sent for damage solved the problem and reimbursed us for damages and labor.  Plus it yielded a couple hundred bucks for my son.  Not a problem since.  
For neighboring dogs harassing our sheep they get one warning.  Second time around they may be shot, with "organic" lead of course.  :o) 

Vesterbrook Farm - Certified Naturally Grown
Clarksville, Missouri - Mississippi River Bluffs, Zone 6

On Mar 29, 2011, at 10:43 PM, Thamnophis wrote:

> I'm glad someone mentioned the idea of the "lawful fence". Old laws
> like these are worth knowing.
> I used to work with animal control and saw a lot of mistakes neighbors
> made grappling with animal issues. Some would pit neighbors against
> each other for decades. But it sounds like your on the right track.
> Respectfully talking to your neighbor is a good start, but first know
> the law - are you allowed to shoot a stray dog, cat, hog, for
> instance? Who is responsible for damages caused by the animal?
> One thing I would suggest is don't get started with a discussion of
> details. If the law says the neighbor can't let their dog bark, or pig
> run, don't get into a discussion of what problems their dog barking
> causes for you, or what damage their wandering pig could do to your
> operation.
> If it is the law to keep your dogs quiet or your pig at home, just ask
> that they abide by the law. I have a neighbor 1/4 mile away whose dog
> visited a couple times a week. When I asked him to keep it home he
> responded with "Why?" , "What harm is it doing?" - which produced a
> long debate about how *I* could deal with his irresponsibility!
> Accidents will always happen and should be treated as accidents. But
> it sounds like you have been more than considerate. I would ask the
> animal control or sheriff to explain the legal consequences to your
> neighbor - it is their job - then make sure they understand you plan
> to exercise your rights to protect your property.
> If, at that point, they don't bother to respect you, I wouldn't bother
> to respect them. When they detect the smell of smoked pork wafting
> through the trees they'll know you have found a solution to their
> wandering pigs :-)
> Joe
> Boone County, IA
> 5a
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 8:28 PM, Mike Rock <mikerock at mhtc.net> wrote:
>> Wyatt,
>> Which fencing law does your state have, right or left hand?  Find out.
>> When you or your neighbor views the fence, each is responsible for their
>> half (right or left).  Even if they don't have livestock and you do, they
>> must maintain their half of the fence.  You are responsible for roadway
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