Have you ever seen the damage a herd of rogue cows can do to a vineyard and a garden?
We were spared disaster when a neighbor’s herd of Black Angus cows got out and went roaming – through our vineyard and garden. If you have been reading Dimes2Vines for awhile, you know that our milk cows, Buttercup and Emme love grapevines and grapes. Apparently, the Black Angus that investigated our vineyard are either not as fond of grapes or they were just not hungry. They did eat some of the Roussanne grapes and knocked off some of the canopy from the Aglianico and Montepulciano, but nothing to amount to severe damage.
The garden however, did suffer. Especially the asparagus. While they did leave some ferns, other were eaten or stepped on and broken.
They also seemed to enjoy the beans and peas.
I held back tears as I looked, but then had a consoling thought: Better the garden than the vineyard!
So, John and the boys herded the herd down the rode, back to the neighbor’s pasture. All – 7 cows, 1 bull and about 7 calves went peaceably.