Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Fence Project Continues
This morning ended up being a short trip so I was back at the Small-Hold in time to get some more work done. This weather has been perfect for brush and junk clearing and fence project preparations. It's Winters like this one that make me happy about those December through March months coming around each year.
Today's step was clearing out two brush piles and turning them into one that can be burned next time we have a nice calm day. One brush pile consisted of old limbs from a little tree that had fallen over and I cut up two years ago and the other was another little tree that had fallen over last Spring.
When I say little I mean little. There was only about a wheel barrow load of burnable wood off this tree. If ya want to know what killed these trees well they have four hoofs, stand around in the pasture and do nothing all day but eat and kill trees while destroying fences and aren't worth a dime. So guess!!
Now except for an old water tank that I only vaguely have a clue about how I am going to move, the new sheep area is mostly cleared. The next step is to come out a couple of feet from the old rotten fence and put in a line of new electric fence as a temporary barrier to the horses. Personally I would like to just free range em and hope they never come back but I am sure my insurance premiums would go sky high. Once the temporary electric fence is up with the solar charger I will begin tearing the old rotting fence apart.
Two good things about this project...
1. The horses respect the electric fence. I have never seen them challenge the electric line unlike the sheep so the light fence line should hold em easily.
2. I won't have to worry about any grass growing up into the new fence now until at least April which should give me more than enough time to get this job finished.
As a side benefit I will also be able to re-use practically all the posts as they are in good shape and a few of the ethnic rigged cattle panels that had been stuck on the old fence rather than doing the job right.
The real reason the fence needs replacing is of course because someone didn't want to use barbed wire as the top strand to keep the %$$**@# horses off it. So of course the horses came up and just laid on the top strand of smooth wire and busted the entire fence up. Well that someone can whine all she wants I ain't playing these games with my money or fences I am thinking about welding some caltrops on top and placing a few fence mines too. At the very least it's getting a mean looking strand of barbed wire across the top to keep the old nags from laying on it.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!