These signs were posted on a fence along a state highway in western Kansas. We took a few days this Spring Break to camp and happened across them and had a chuckle! But if you're not a rancher, you may not understand the severity of the situation.
Well, you probably understand by the last sign that if your bull jumps into this rancher's pasture, he will be castrated and you will no longer have a bull, but a steer....
But some people may not understand the anger and frustration behind having a neighbor's bull jump into your pasture. These days, a bull may cost anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 (for a herd sire--but more if you plan to sell semen to other ranchers). The bull that you breed your cows to will affect every single calf born from those cows...he is half the genetics of your calf crop. So ranchers select their bulls very carefully, weighing their characteristics, both physical and genetic, against their cows.
Lots of information is available to assist in the selection of the perfect bull to cross with your cows. Seedstock ranchers, like me, work hard to select the top bulls in our herd to offer to the other ranchers across the nation. These bulls will determine the quality and quantity of meat that is available in grocery stores and restaurants in about 2-3 years. So if a neighbor's bull (who may or may not match your selection criteria) jumps in to your cows and breeds a few of them....you may be understandably upset!
On a seedstock ranch, we produce the breeding stock for other ranchers. I sell registered Angus bulls. I keep extensive records on which bull each cow is bred to, what shots she received and as each calf grows he/she is weighed and vaccinated regularly. We keep records of each of these activities. If a neighbor's bull jumps in and breeds a couple of my cows, those calves cannot be sold as breeding stock through my program and that results in a definite drop in income from those calves!
So, can you understand that this western Kansas rancher has a very low tolerance for "wandering bulls" in his pasture?