Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fence Stretched and Gate Hung

The rain held off long enough today for me to get the 90 foot of fence basically up on the posts I put the supports on yesterday. Since this line is going to be the East boundary for one of the ram paddocks I placed the steel t-posts only 7 foot apart instead of the standard 8 foot. I got the fence stretched and tacked up to the wooden posts but didn't get it clipped to the steel posts yet.

This section is basically replacing the rotted old ethnically engineered thrown together with cattle panels fence that is currently barely holding the ram in. The fact is if he was a wild ram he would already be out of that paddock.

Eventually it will also be used to continue the fence past the gate from the hay field and on down to the very back of the property. That fence too is falling apart and has been patched together over the years but is currently holding.

I also had to re-hang the gate from yesterday and move the hinges to the pasture side of the post so that the gate would swing a full 180 degrees allowing me to then leave it open and chained to the fence during the Winter months when the useless nags are in the hay field. I broke the support panel on the gate while doing this and it began to sag of course.

Took me an hour to drill a new hole through the four layers of sheet metal, broke one bit while doing so but finally got a bolt through there and tightened it down so hard there is no way that hinge panel is going to move now. After playing around with it I finally got the angle just right to allow the gate to hang properly and swing open with the grade of the land.

Fencing looks so simple until you actually start doing it. The subtle uneven ground and getting the entire thing to mesh with gates and such is always much more work than you think it will be.

This entire section will then butt up against the Eastern-most building of the main Small-Hold compound. You can see the old fence that is falling apart in the background. When I move the ram next week and lock him in a stall for shearing I will come in and take down this old fence line and run a temporary one to the back of this building. Then I can start on the main gate area and the front half of the pasture.

Eventually this entire area will allow me to run the sheep from the barn lot out into the East pasture while having a breezeway area with a series of gates for more controlled movement and better access to the pastures. It will also act as a redundant system so any one gate being left open will not result in escaped animals although I am thinking about leaving a back door open for the horses to go directly out into traffic somehow.

I have insurance for that so it will be fine :)

Re-hanging the gate also made my measurements for the gate opening off so I had to get the 850 tractor out and put in a new gate post at the proper distance.

As you can see the chickens were in awe of the big earth moving drill bit I used. I swear these chickens are worse than any cat when it comes to supervising my work.

Just as I finished getting the post set the rain started so attaching the wire to the t-posts will have to wait until tomorrow now. Just a bit more ethnic engineering to temporarily attach the old fence to the new posts at the gate and I can now shut the horses back out into their pasture and let the hay field begin growing in peace.

Next step is putting the final touches on the gate system design and getting all the materials for it in order. At least I am one step closer to finishing up this fence project though.

Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!


  1. That fence looks good. Fence building gets me tired, I think it is all the walking back and forth or maybe it is all in my head. Saw the first honey bee this afternoon on some low weeds in the field.

    1. Sf - Now that I have finally moved every tool I own into the out building right there by the fence section my walking hasn't been too bad. The first couple of days it sucked though.

  2. Kind of glad I sold the herd. No cows & I don't have to worry about the fences or gates.
    Nothing but rain here. The hills still covered with wild plum blossoms and the bees are all holed up. The pears are all budded out too.

    1. MV - The sheep are pretty easy on the fence and gates. The horses on the other hand....

      Looks like our Peach and Plum will be out in the next day or so!!!!

  3. Great work, I think you need to come to wales for a holiday and give us a hand with fencing :-)

  4. We have a lot 'ethnic engineering' on our fence lines which is going to have to be sorted out as soon as the weather dries up otherwise the lambs will start escaping, and we desperately need to find more grazing for our two cows. Good job with your fencing, and gates. At the moment one of our big field gates is held together by baling twine, and is hinged to the gate post with the twine as well!

    1. Vera - I got one gate that isn't even a gate just a section from an old round pen. Can't wait to cut that thing up for the scrap run!!!

      I got a couple of gates still hung with wire and one gate that the sheep pulled the bottom hinge pin out of. They stick their heads through and push when it's grain feeding time.

  5. Looks like it came together well. We've got to get our horses moved out of the hay pasture soon too.

    1. Lisa - Tomorrow I am pushing the horses grain feeding time up to noon when I get off work and going to feed them in the pasture instead of the barn lot. While they are over there munching on grain I will swing the gate closed to the hay field and laugh at em.

      I hope the birds have enough time to scatter the horse apples they are leaving in the hay field.


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