Our neighbors (who are dairy farmers also) waited for Kris and talked as they herded her through a gate back into the pasture.
It's so nice knowing your neighbors are watching out for you. No farmer would drive by, see a cow out, and just keep on going. What if it caused an accident?! It would be horrible for everyone - the driver, cow, farmer, and person who didn't call!
When my parents were farming a little calf got out, ran into the road, and was hit by a car. Who was driving? Just by chance ... my mom's boss! He and the car weren't hurt, but it did break the calf's leg. My dad had the vet put a cast on it. (I took a picture and used Snagit to write the boss' name on the cast. He liked it.)
That's the only time we've had one hit, thankfully - but that's in part because of our neighbors helping out. And all of our ever-present cell phones. Hooray!
Want to learn some more farm terms?
Dry cows - Cows that are about to have a calf. They're in the period where you stop milking them before they calve.
Example: "We moved the dry cows to a new pasture today. Since it's so wet, they just trample the long grass and get it all muddy and won't eat it."
Fresh cows - A cow that has just had a calf.
For instance, Kris just told me, "So far 76 heifers have freshened."
(Try to work that into your next conversation! See how many listeners you lose!)