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#121874 - 08/30/05 12:12 AM Electric Cow Catcher  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,211
SI,New Zealand
Photo's submitted by Mbhydro:
I am sure the linemen that read this site may appreciate this series of pictures.

All I know is that email I received said this occurred Aug 2005 somewhere on Manitoba Hydro's transmission lines in Manitoba Canada but there was no information attached on why the cow went in there, or how the farmer and line crew got it out.

I'm guessing that the blue on the tower is some sort of lubricant to try and get it out as its also on the cows head.


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#121875 - 08/30/05 02:40 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
Hemingray  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 199
Lehigh Acres, FL
I'd like to know how it ended up there to begin with


#121876 - 08/30/05 03:19 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
mxslick  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 803
Atomic City, ID USA
I've seen cows scratching against fences, so it was probably trying to scratch an itch behind its ear! [Linked Image]

Seeing the wrench laying on the ground in the third pic, they may have had to unbolt some of those cross-braces.

Stupid should be painful.

#121877 - 08/30/05 03:27 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
They like to scratch against poles and stuff, and I've noticed they like to gather in social groups around trees. More important is that 'monkey wrench'. Someone has tried to undo bolts on the leg struts to release the animal? That would have risked the collapse of the pylon; there are no 'redundant elements', each part is very highly stressed.

edit. Just noticed that 4" angle grinder! Oooeeerr!

[This message has been edited by Alan Belson (edited 08-30-2005).]

Wood work but can't!

#121878 - 08/30/05 06:29 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
IanR  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 328
Palm Bay FL USA
That's why we're on the top of the food chain and they, typically are on the top of a plate with a baked potato and some au jus.
Stupid cow.

-edited fur spelin-

[This message has been edited by IanR (edited 08-30-2005).]

#121879 - 08/30/05 07:28 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
kiwi  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 354
christchurch new zealand
Is that blue stuff cable grease ?

#121880 - 08/30/05 06:45 PM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
Rocquefort. Very nice with a rare steak, & my favorite cheese (after Double Gloucester).


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#121881 - 08/30/05 09:28 PM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
I think I know what's going on here---but first- my explanation may not be for the squeamish!

Cattle can be easily "led" by a hand holding hay. Young cattle are led by letting them suckle on your hand.
A barn or cattle pen will usually have some sort of locking "gate" that is used to hold the cows' head in place. Most often, it is built into the feed trough. Whenever it is desired to immobolize the cow, the cow is coaxed into placing its' head in the gate, and the gate is then closed. Now the cow can't move very much, and the vet can treat her, the rancher can give it shots, the cow can be artificially inseminated, whatever.

I am guessing that someone has been using the power pole as an improvised "gate." I suspect also that, when the PoCo happened upon the scene, the rancher feigned ignorance. As soon as Bessie calms down, there should be no problem guiding her head up and out.

#121882 - 08/30/05 11:38 PM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
Larry Fine  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 693
Richmond, VA
I thought that was done with sheep.

Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#121883 - 08/31/05 12:08 AM Re: Electric Cow Catcher  
sierra electrician  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 219
North Fork, CA USA
John, its called a "squeze". But a bullet is what's needed here.


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