How aggressive can cattle get toward bee hives? Aggressive is the wrong word, I suppose. All the cows want is a sharp edge to scratch themselves on. Should I invest in a fence? And if I don't, will my heart be broken (seeing hive bodies knocked over)?
I have had them in the pastures before and it would be ise to invest in a little fence. It does not take much to keep them out, or at least my cattle.
Three strands of barb wire works good for me, be sure to put a gate or gap in for yourself. Fence in a lager than you need area because you will need it in the future.
most of my hives are situated in cattle pastures (with some located in a place or so with truely unruly cattle). when I place hives on pipe stands sometimes a problem will develope if the hive is light (tips easily). not so much a problem when I place hives on pallets (wood on wood don't slide so easily).
actually in regards to casualty numbers I have experience greater loss from extremely high winds than from livestock. this loss record clearly follows the pipe stand/wood pallet circumstance of the particular hive.