A dairy farm in Quebec has recovered the last 20 cows of an escaped herd who had been on the run since last July when a summer storm spooked them. The cattle were returned to the barn on Saturday.
The cows were grazing happily for months They went where they wanted and wreaked havoc on the fields of the nearby farmers. But since last month the Quebec Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA) has led efforts to capture the cows.
In early December, an enclosure was set up with the aim of attracting the cows with food, said Jean-Sébastien Dubé, In the statements taken, the communications director of the UPA by the Canadian public broadcaster, CBC. At least twenty people participated in recovering the cattle.
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“With a feeding point inside the enclosure, the goal was to entice the animals into the enclosure and get them into different feeding routines,” Dubey said. Potential food source. “Food was less available on the ground, so the cows were more dependent on the food we provided.”
In December he caught four cows. Now, the UPA claims that it has recovered 13 cows and two calves that were born during the exodus. The mayor of the city of Saint-Sever, Jean-Yves Saint-Arnaud, said he was pleased to learn that the UPA’s effort, with the help of the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, had “succeeded”:
“My first reaction was that I was very happy and pleased with the situation,” St-Arnaud said. “We asked them to leave the enclosures until Wednesday, thinking that there could be two to three more cows in case there was an error in our calculations. Some people said there are 24 cows, others say 27 or 28.”
The mayor said the animals appear to be in good shape and are back on the farm.
“There were bovine production specialists who visited the farm prior to the return of the animals to ensure optimum conditions. And since his return he has been adapting super well,” Dubey said.
Its owner, Pierre Lapointe, a dairy farmer in Saint-Barnabe, He said that the cows are kept in the barn to get used to other animals. He hopes he can return to the fields next summer after getting used to the life of fences and herds.