Uncalled for Work

Last week we had a visitor during the night that tore down some fence along the main road and left the scene.  The field where the fencing was damaged held 30+ weanling calves and Miracle.  Our neighboring farm manager came to visit to let us know about it on a very foggy cold morning and luckily the calves were on the opposite side of the field.  The driver did the damage and ran leaving what could have been a very dangerous situation especially for people going to work that morning and the bus full of kids going to school if the calves had got in the road. It was so foggy that morning that we could not see more than 10 yards in front of us but thankfully it only took about 30 minutes to repair.

We had just paid a fencing company to build this stretch of fencing in January due to the urgency of getting the calves in a secure field away from their mama’s while we waited for the right time to sale.  The mama’s needed a couple months of recuperating before their new babies arrived this month.

The bottom two strands were broken and it would have been very easy for the 30+ weanlings to have gotten in the road and caused a more dangerous situation.

The bottom two strands were broken and it would have been very easy for the 30+ weanlings to have gotten in the road and caused a more dangerous situation.

This was new fence that we paid to  have put in along the highway.

This was new fence that we paid to have put in along the highway.

The new post wasn't broken off but the wiring was knocked off of it.

The new post wasn’t broken off but the wiring was knocked off of it.

These are the tracks of the vehicle where it went into the field and back out.  Hubby is sure it was a car instead of a pickup or more wires would have been broken.

These are the tracks of the vehicle where it went into the field and back out. Hubby is sure it was a car instead of a pickup or more wires would have been broken.

The insulating tubes were shredded on the bottom and fence tore off at the end of the tubes.

The insulating tubes were shredded on the bottom and fence tore off at the end of the tubes.

More tracks along the road leading to the broken fence shows that the driver went out of the road on the wrong side, over-corrected as he went back on the asphalt and went back on the wrong side and into the fence and field.  This is where we found the broken antennae from the car and some amber light fixture fragments.

More tracks along the road leading to the broken fence shows that the driver went out of the road on the wrong side, over-corrected as he went back on the asphalt and went back on the wrong side and into the fence and field. This is where we found the broken antennae from the car and some amber light fixture fragments.

Black marks on the road in front of the field.

Black marks on the road in front of the field.

Skid marks heading to the broken fence.

Skid marks heading to the broken fence.

Skid marks in the grass.

Skid marks in the grass.

Broken fence wire hanging from the posts.

Broken fence wire hanging from the posts.

We were upset the fence was torn down but more upset thinking about what could have been a more disastrous situation.  I would hope that if it ever happens again that the driver would have the common courtesy of letting us know as soon as it happens!!

8 responses to “Uncalled for Work

  1. Just common courtesy to explain the fence was knocked down would have been nice. Sad how some people are.

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  2. Speeding or driving dangerously in foggy conditions.
    One solution:
    a.) Suspend the license of the driver,
    b.) Impound the vehicle
    and finally
    c.) apply a hefty fine AND a jail “recreational
    and educational” review of the driver’s (Hoon’s) life progression.
    In the case of this last suggestion regarding the speeding “hoon”, this could take a long time.

    I think that may be a reasonable deterrent.
    Rita – there is JUST no excuses for idiots.

    Day 2 of Easter here and the weather has been magical for the
    hordes who have departed Brisbane for the beaches and the country
    lakes and dams for water skiing etc.
    Brisbane is virtually deserted.
    Cheers to you and Ed – hope the idiots have been apprehended
    and you can apply for “my legal rulings” – ha ha
    Your Aussie Mate
    Colin

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  3. Kids…terrified of getting caught. OR that Drunk driver even more terrified. I sorry it happened. I’m also thankful the calves stayed in.

    Linda

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  4. We have three 18-22 year old drivers on our road that fly. Eddie thinks they either fell asleep, deer come out in front of them or they were racing to get home before curfew and lost control. This is the third time we’ve lost fence due to the same thing. We were only able to find out who one of them was. They’re just to young and brainless to think about what could have happened and I’m sure Victoria would have done the same thing.

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  5. WOW – that could have been soooo bad. Wonder what happened. They must have misjudged the road or something

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