This weekend has largely been around the prison maintenance that keeping the fence and gates in good repair really boils down too. I have been following a few different project sets lately:
- Continuing to add new paddocks according to our pasture management plan for the existing herds of pigs and the future herds of sheep
- Adding more cross fencing so that we can easily move the horses about safely without ever having to worry about them getting out on the front road
- Painting and general upkeep
Fencing is a constant job on the farm. We have all sorts of fencing on our property. Our fencing ranges from the wooden style horse fence, to t-post/wood post no-climb horse wire fence, to t-post and barbed wire, to hot line. And for every fence there is a menagerie of gates to come and go through.
We are always trying out new fences as we go. Currently we are looking at taking down the goat fence divider walls in our pig paddocks and just using the now VERY RESPECTED hot wire fences.
And then there is the constant general upkeep of existing fences. As boards fall off I have to re-hang them or hang new ones. New fence sections have to sometimes go up in place of old ones. Gates need repair now and then. Gates that have wheels on them need their wheels to be lubed – sometimes replaced.
Currently our horses are on the back acreage. But as it is winter and we still have good grass up front, I am tinkering on making the front land horse friendly so that they can graze down that grass too. No reason to cut and toss it! This also helps us minimize our winter supplementation costs to the horses (and the goat). In order to do this we have to secure all of our external boundary fences (that should be done tonight actually)…we are very close.
And now we are going through the “repainting of the fence” season. I suspect that this will happen every couple of years. The upside of this is that when we bought the property all the fences were painted an odd cream color to match the brick and rock of the house. Very odd since our neighbors have traditional white horse fence. We are going to re-paint our front horse fences to a nice black which is more fitting to our house and our vision for the property. Black fence – red doors! The additional upside is that giving directions to our house will now be SO much easier as we are the only property on your way from town with black fencing.