Old Farm Tools - What Is It? October 2010 Answers

Answers to October 2010 mystery tools

Cow poke
Mystery Item D October 2010. Cow poke. “My grandfather called this a ‘yoke,’” explains Steven R. Bertrand, Lake Dallas, Texas. “More than one of his cows wore one of these contraptions around their necks to keep them from pushing too far through strands of barbed wire fences. It made for good neighbors by keeping his cows in his pastures instead of the neighbors’ pastures. The bent points at the extreme ends of the yoke faced forward on the animal and helped ensure individual wires wouldn’t slip past the end of the yoke as the cow pushed into the span of fence. The points closer to the neckband pushed back against the cow’s neck and shoulders to discourage her from pushing too hard against the fence. As long as she stayed away from the fence she didn’t have to worry about the points digging into her hide. I guess it worked pretty well because I don’t ever remember having to go chase one of those cows back into our property!” From a note from John Townsend: “Some cattle that my grandfather said ‘could go through a stovepipe’ learned to turn their heads sideways and work the yoke between the fencewires.”Also identified by Mike Deplazes, Crary, N.D.; Rudy Miller, Wortham, Texas; Ray Archibald, Leavenworth, Ind.; Ray Kaufman, Sigel, Ill.; Robert Winzer, Atchison, Kan.; Loren W. Sievert, Glencoe, Minn.; Jason Stodola, Clarkson, Neb.; Lyle Olson, Fairbault, Minn.; Marvin Roach, Mulberry, Ill.; Ronald Schilmoeller, Remsen, Iowa; Donald D. Sarchet, Tulia, Texas; Darrell Combs (who also cited patent 1,228,913 for a similar piece), Citrus Heights, Calif.; Bill Calderwood, Sterling, Kan.; Dusty Sawyer, Springtown, Texas; Alvin Kaspar, Crete, Neb.; Ken Hunter, Allerton, Ill.; Larry Beam, Topeka, Kan.; Stephen Clemens; Fred Courser; Richard Hennis, Lewisville, Minn.; Donald W. Walker, Buchanan, Va.; Sol Evans, Yates Center, Kan.; L.C. Fornes, Kathryn, N.D.; Corwin Tubbs, Applegate, Mich.; Daniel Healy, Calimesa, Calif.; Louis Harnish, Wayland, Mich.; J.W. Durham, Bluffton, Ga.; Mark Pritchard, Spalding, Neb.; Ralph Rader, Kansas City, Kan.; Bob Sterneker, Cunningham, Kan.; Robert Trunk, Princeton, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans; Jim Glascock; Ronald Young; Joseph Helms; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Don Nelson, Arvada, Colo.; Gary Vollman, Willamina, Ore.; John S. Townsend IV; Leroy Toth, Elk River, Minn.; Garry Vanderweert, Geneseo, N.Y.; Sheldon Malmedel; Gene Haley, Wales, Mich.; Dale L. Leighow, Catawissa, Pa.; Ralph Roming, Roaring Springs, Texas; S.T. Langdon, Batavia, N.Y.; Fred Rhinehart, Piedmont, Ala.; Erwin Fullerton, S. Woodstock, Vt.; Ken Zentner, Falls City, Neb.; Jack McCall, Greenville, S.C. Photo submitted by John Crofoot, New Era, Mich. See patent 1,927,748. 
Photo submitted by John Crofoot, New Era, Mich.