On March 31, the federal government began phasing out the controversial “fence” programs.
The program had been used by states and counties to limit the growth of cattle and cattle ranches.
Now, the Department of Agriculture will be rolling back that.
The move comes as more states have implemented measures to reduce their herds and the number of cattle grazing in the United States.
“While this change will allow for the protection of the grazing lands for future generations, it will also create new risks and challenges for those involved in the program,” the department said in a statement.
“It will take time for the new implementation processes to take effect, and it will be up to the states and other stakeholders to implement the new regulations to be effective.”
Some of the regulations will require states to establish “fenced grazing areas” for cattle, or to limit their grazing to a certain distance from any private property.
That could mean you’ll have to walk up to 100 feet (30 meters) to graze your cow, or your neighbor will be required to sign a waiver.
The Department of Natural Resources said in April that “fences may be used in limited circumstances to manage grazing activities and will not be required.”
The department did not say how many cattle would have to be “fencing” at each location.
If you’re worried about getting stuck in the fence, here’s how to make sure your cattle are safe: If you think your livestock might be in danger, call 911 immediately.
There are two ways to get help: If your livestock is in distress call 1-800-DIABLO (1-800.DIABLE.7777), and an emergency response team will be dispatched to your location.
Make sure to keep your livestock well away from the fence.
This is because if a stray animal crosses the fence and bites someone, it could cause an injury.