Laws Concerning Fences

I’ve worked in the fencing industry on and off for several years and many people do not know what the laws are concerning agricultural fences. Every state has a university extension that will usually give you the guidelines and laws. In Missouri there is the general fence law and the local fence option law. There are many counties that have opted out for the general fence law.

Here are some of the main questions that the extension website will answer. Who is legally responsible for building and maintaining a boundary fence? How is “livestock owner” defined in the updated general fence law?  What if my neighbor puts livestock against the boundary fence after I have built it? What portion of the fence am I required to maintain? Aren’t I responsible for only the part of the fence where the wire is on my side of the posts?

What is a legal fence in the state of Missouri?
General fence law
“A fence consisting of posts and wire or boards at least 4 feet high which is mutually agreed upon by adjoining landowners or decided upon by the associate circuit court of the county is a lawful fence. All posts shall be set firmly in the ground not more than 12 feet apart with wire or boards securely fastened to such posts and placed at proper distances apart to resist horses, cattle and other similar livestock” (RSMo 272.020).

general fence law this is an example of a General Fence Law.

Local option fence law
A lawful fence is “a fence with not less than four boards per 4 feet of height; said boards to be spaced no farther apart than twice the width of the boards used fastened in or to substantial posts not more than 12 feet apart with one stay, or a fence of four barbed wires supported by posts not more than 15 feet apart with one stay or 12 feet apart with no stays, or any fence which is at least equivalent to the types of fences described herein” [RSMo 272.210(1)]. “Stays” are vertical supports that are attached to each horizontal wire of a fence.

local option fence this is an example of Local Option Fence Law.

If you happen to be unsure about some of the legal aspects of a fence or the boundaries, research the laws before putting up a fence. It will save you lots of money, time, and a royal headache.


The Jerky Treat Mystery!

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I heard on the news the other day that pets, mainly dogs were dying from jerky treats that were made in China. I did some digging and found a link on Facebook, Today’s Veterinary News, and found more information about it. At this time nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened due to these jerky treats. This was quoted by the federal animal health officials. Mostly the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages, sizes and 10 cats have been reported as being sick as well. The FDA officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet owners in solving this ongoing puzzle.

Two of the largest sellers of pet jerky treats announced recalls tied to the presence of unapproved antibiotic residue detected in the products. FDA officials don’t think that the antibiotic residue is the problem that has stumped the agency since 2007, when the pet owners started reporting their animals were suffering gastrointestinal and kidney problems after eating the popular jerky treats. FDA officials remain as uncertain as ever about the source of the problem that has led to reports of illnesses and warning about the possibility of Fanconi syndrome and other kidney problems in animals that ate jerky treats.

I know it takes time to figure out the exact source of a problem, but I wonder why it has taken since 2007 and they still have no idea where the problem is in the jerky treats. And also why haven’t they done a full recall on all jerky treats that are causing the problem? There have been several animals that just suddenly died from eating the jerky products. There are several brands of jerky treats that have been linked to illness in the pets or even worse, death. Since there hasn’t been a formal recall it’s not possible to list affected brands. I still think they should produce a list or something to the public stating which brands have been known to be affected so pet owners know to be cautious.

What are you thoughts on this? Do you think the FDA needs to do a full recall or just leave it be until they figure out what the cause is?

The Peterson Farm Brothers

Here are the lyrics to the song they are singing;

When I’m up at seven, the sunrise gives me a glimpse of heaven
I get right to work, a farmer’s life can be a little berserk yeah
This is how I roll, I feed the cattle till their stomachs are full
Treat em right, that’s my belief,
What’s for dinner? I say beef!

Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
(Uh-Huh) I work out (side!)

When I step to the bunk (yeah)
This is what I see (Uh-huh)
All the hungry cattle are staring at me

I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it show it show it show it
I’m farming and I grow it

When I’m in my tractor, I got more power than an arc reactor
And when I’m in the field, I try to raise crops to maximum yield
This is how I roll, without me the world would be outta control
The hours I work, there is no equal
Gotta feed the mouths of hungry people

Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
Gotta Feed Everybody
(Uh-Huh) I work out (side!)

When I step to the bunk (yeah)
This is what I see (Uh-huh)
All the hungry cattle are staring at me

I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it show it show it show it

I’m farming and I grow it

Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, water, yeah
Water, water, water, water, yeah, yeah

Cattle need water man,
Crops need water man,
We all need water man!
I’m Farming and I Grow it!

As I was thinking about what to write about this week, I’d been thinking about The Peterson Farm Brothers videos. I’d thought about creating a video like this for awhile, but about building fence and realized I’m not nearly as creative as these boys are. I love how they portray their daily lives and what they do on their farm in a fun way and make people laugh. It’s entertainment for many and also educational. Many people don’t realize what it takes to run a large scale farm, or even a farm for that matter. In all honesty I don’t know  much when it comes to the crops aspect of farming because where I live it’s all livestock. I’ve mainly been around horses, some cattle, and lots of goats.

What are your thoughts on their videos? Do you think what they’re doing is a good think?

I Am So Not Made for Television….

So this whole blog was started as a class project for my PR and Marketing class. One of the assignments was to make a video and add it to our blog. I have terrible stage fright and tend to say some pretty crazy things and look like a goober. Miss Alleigh and I chose to do our video in a news cast type setting and pretend we were news anchors. We discussed things such as the weather, cattle, the cattle prices, and the crazy Chipolte commercial that we have been talking about and analyzing in class.

First off the thing that I can’t believe I did was say, “Yes them cattle are pretty important!”. I mean come on, wow how silly could I sound. I chalk it up to the stage fright. But yes the cattle are very important, especially in Southern Missouri where I live. Cattle are the main form of livelihood for farmers along with hay. If you’ve never been to Southern Missouri, it’s hilly and rocky. Not the most suitable terrain for crops.

Ok the crazy Chipolte commercial that is on YouTube. It’s a very compelling commercial but very poorly portrays agriculture. I mean come on people get your facts straight. I know I look silly in my video and say goofy stuff but it’s true. The udders on the cow are underneath and between the back legs, not on the side. And the chickens in real life are not pumped full of stuff in commercial farms. I still have no idea what Chipolte was trying to sell in that commercial other than a game they have come out with for kids. But if you have no connection to agriculture, this would surely pull at your heartstrings.

I know this is just a brief overview of my crazy video where I look incredibly silly, but going back and looking at what all we talked about, the topics are very important. People need to be properly informed instead of just going with the mainstream.
Is there anything that you know of that people aren’t properly informed on?

My Funny Farm

At one time my family all said I had a petting zoo or a funny farm, they couldn’t decide which it was. And yes I have to agree with them I did. During the time I was getting my Associate’s Degree in college, I stayed at home and ran the farm. Mainly I had goats, lots and lots of goats, but I would occasionally get a sheep or two at a sale. But I also at any given point would have some pretty random animals at the house just because I could.

lil bill Just a tad too short!

One day I decided to take inventory on all the animals and see exactly what all I had. Boy was that a chore. When all the counting was done I came up with around 20 baby ducks, 2 pet yard roosters, 4 donkeys, 1 horse, 45 goats, 2 sheep, 5 dogs, and 1 cat. And this was just at my house. I still had 3 horses and 2 steers at my dads. Man that’s a lot of animals. It was interesting to be amongst all of them because each and every animal had their own distinct personality and always came to their name, and there was definitely a pecking order. Looking back I wonder how I managed to take care of everything, go to school and manage all the sales I went to.

Pretty Boy This is one of the pretty boys I picked up one night at a sale. For two years I spent at least two nights a week in a sale barn buying or selling goats.

hooch The awesome fort I built in the woods for the animals.

For now, done are the days where baby goats are banging on the back door ready for their bottles, roosters guarding my front porch, and even the dog herding the guard roosters around the yard. Now are the days watching the three horses I have left buck, run and prance across the field and watch the sun go down on my absolute favorite place in the world, my dad’s farm. dakota

davis-farm.jpg The good Lord above’s handy work.