Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Back to Fence Tear Down
It warmed up a bit more today but while the sun made things quite enjoyable to be outside working the wind had other ideas. Still I thought I should get back to work on the fence tear down before I put it off even more than I already have.
As you may remember I put up an electric fence inside the the old one to keep the %^$&*^ horses from getting out and then began the not so fun task of tearing out the old fence.
I know a lot of people would just try and rip the old fence out but I am a bit more concerned with missed pieces of wire and stuff laying around than most people. I don't have the money to go replacing tires or repairing things because some strand of wayward wire got somewhere it shouldn't. Nor do I want to be paying vet bills because of it either. I cut each 8 foot section of fence between the posts and roll/fold it up to load in my wagon to take into the recycling place. It maybe a slow uncomfortable process but at least this way I can be pretty sure I got all the wire.
The tear down is hampered by the fact that the ground is still solidly frozen however and the old woven wire part of the fence has been buried by several inches of eroded topsoil in a couple of places along the bottom making it impossible to get out until a thaw comes our way. The same goes for the posts, most of which I can re-use if I am careful in removing them. So for the time being I am only removing the sections I can and leaving the rest until the ground releases it's icy grip.
I was really hoping for a nice false Spring to come on us this February but it looks like we got one a bit earlier in January this year and another one isn't in the cards. This means I will have maybe the month of April to get this fencing project finished after the ground thaws. I really need to have the new pasture area fenced off and the grass mixture in the ground by May so it will have time to grow before it's time to turn the sheep and new lambs out on it. There's a lot to do between now and then and the weather is not cooperating very well this year at all.
This new phase of Winter this year bringing in those frigid blasts we had more than enough of last Winter are really making me scramble to keep up now once again. Supposedly we have another one heading our way on Thursday so let's hope that will be the end of them for this season.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!