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Old 01-06-2017, 04:01 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Originally Posted by duster1979 View Post

If the state arbitrates a case they are going to look at prevailing charges in the area for boarding livestock. Your estimate may be accurate, it may not. Regardless, it would be smarter to call the local USDA office to find out what people are paying for pasture board in the area than to make up some number and waste time fighting about it.

And damages would be way more than that if the cattle got into a standing corn or alfalfa field, or an area where hay bales were stored. They can be hard on equipment, too. And goats are hard on everything.
Yeah, I know about "open range" on BLM land. When I was a kid, it was always a treat to run across a maverick during deer season. If there's no brand or ear tag, it belongs to anyone who wants it. We would eat beef instead of venison, and didn't even have to use up a deer tag on it.

The counties listed as open range counties are out in the desert where human populations are low or nonexistent. When BLM land is rated at a fraction of an AUM per acre, hiring a couple of cowboys to keep track of the herd is cheaper than building and maintaining a fence. It's still not free. You can't run your cattle there without a grazing lease and paying the fees.

Nobody is raising any corn in open range counties.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:23 PM
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Originally Posted by Larry Caldwell View Post
Nobody is raising any corn in open range counties.
If they did the owner of the corn would be responsible for fencing the cattle out.

But that's beside the point. We were talking about damage caused by encroaching livestock in fence-in areas.
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:51 PM
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It appears most posters didn't even bother reading the OP.

He states he lives on 10 acres and his neighbor has a 300 acre fenced ranch/farm.
He stated it was fenced with barbed wire and the neighbor repaired it once already when cattle got out.

I don't know why so many posters are talking about open range when it is evident that isn't the case here.
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