Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Had to make a run into the farm supply place today and pick up the rest of the gates I need for the bit I am working on.
I need a name for this small paddock that will basically be the interchange area between five different fenced in sections and allow access to an outbuilding but I haven't come up with one yet....
Perhaps the control paddock?
Luckily neither the horses nor the sheep are particularly hard on gates so I can usually get by with the lighter tubed ones and save a little money Even then for two 16 foot and a little 4 foot walkin gate I shelled out over three bills. The only real downside to these gates is the lambs can slip through them like water for about the first month or so of their little lives. Not all of them are brave enough but there is always a few who think it's great fun until they realize they are too stupid to figure out how to get back in with mom. The gates that open out into the world I usually wire some other fence to the bottom to keep this from happening.
When I got back I spent the rest of the afternoon until feeding time working on the control paddock. Hanging some more support boards and getting another section of cattle panel ready to fill another gap. Since the control area is filled with so many gates AND I now have an abundance of cattle panels I am using them to add support to the many posts.
Tomorrow I will hang the walk in gate, finish that section of post supports and get started on laying out the two new gates pictured above. Once finished with these last bits which include digging out another seven post holes this weekend I will be about 60% finished with the control paddock but will once again run up against a soft wall so to speak.
It will be time to integrate the ram's paddock into the control paddock and before I can do that I will need....
1. Make him his own shelter because he will lose access to the barn stall he has been using.
2. Need to come up with at least another eight to ten wooden posts as the South section of the control paddock will pretty much clean me out of posts once again.
and 3. Move said ram into the control paddock temporarily while I finish his paddock before I can move on the East and South sheep pastures.
Man this fencing project is NEVER going to end. Looks like another year of a small garden for me but I need to get the pole beans in at the very least so I may have to stop this week and till up a spot for them.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!