Wayward steers rounded up after weeks on the run PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Monday, 04 November 2013 11:03
JERRY CITY - The last three of the wayward "cows" reported on the loose in and around Jerry City have been returned to their barn.
The renegade animals were not cows, but steers which were among 11 which got loose from the Seedorf Farm on Bays Road more than two weeks ago. Of the 11, one was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle on the roadways, seven others were rounded up and taken back to the farm soon after. However, three of the approximately 500-pound steers went on their own adventure.
The Wood County Sheriff's office received more than one report about the three "cows" on the loose. When the deputies arrived the animals were nowhere to be found. The loose animals were reportedly seen within the village as well as in surrounding areas.
According to Mandy Shaffer, a neighbor to the farm, the last three were corralled on Friday and returned to the barn.
Shaffer said the three were hard to get because anytime the farmers would get near them, they would take cover in one of the corn fields in the area.
"It's hard to find them among all the corn," she said.
She added that once the area farmers harvested the corn, the steers lost their cover and the farmer was able to use ATVs and other four-wheelers to herd them back home.
Margaret Welty, postmistress of the Jerry City post office, said she had heard from numerous residents who had seen the wayward steers.
"There was a lot of talk around town," Welty said.
Shaffer said the steers spent a lot of time in the Shaffer's alfalfa field which provided them nourishment.
"There was plenty of food and water for them, so there was no incentive for them to go back on their own to where they are normally fed," she noted.
A call to the Seedorf Farm was not returned as of press time.
 

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