Three Holmdel cows from the W.H. Potter Farm walked through a broken fence on Thursday, and wandered a bit too close to the Garden State Parkway, authorities said.
NJ State Police called the Holmdel Police to report cows on the loose. The two agencies and farm workers tracked down a black, a white, and a spotted cow near Twin Brooks Court. They were herded back to the farm.
"It was just some dopey cows that decided to go out for a walk," said Bill Von Pier, a repair shop worker who helped rassle the cows. "They never got onto the parkway."
He said a tree must have fallen on the fence during a recent storm and the cows saw an opportunity.
The animals' owner was away on vacation, Von Pier said.
No summonses were issued, Holmdel Police Lt. Michael Smith said.