New Fence

Many years ago, I decided I needed to extend the fence across the barnyard to be able to shut animals off my little front pasture when it was still the only pasture I had.  I didn’t have anyone to help me, so I got creative and did it myself.  I used my garden claw to help dig the holes for the wooden posts, and I worked like crazy to get the metal posts in the ground.  Then I put panels up.  There was a metal gate in the middle that I could wire shut or stand open.  It wasn’t mounted on the post.  I think it did an amazing job for nearly ten years.  It was time to change it though.  Luckily, this time I had help!

Fence Repair

Fence Repair

Fence Repair

Fence Repair

Fence Replace

There was one post that gave us a really hard time.  We had to go through the remaining roots of a tree that fell several years ago.  The post is not quite straight anymore, but it works!

Fence Replace

There are several little girls that are just now going out to the big pasture for the first time!

goats going to pasture

They seem to be really enjoying it, and I’m a lot more comfortable with the little girls not being in the pasture with the bucks.

Sharing with Friday’s Fences, Skywatch Friday, and Farmgirl Friday.

Putting in the Fence

I was going to show you this last week, but I was distracted with everything going on.  My expert helpers put the fence in using the backhoe.  It’s really good for removing old posts.

It’s also what they used to put the new posts in.
You just want to trust your backhoe operator.

It’s a lot faster than the post driver, but they are a bit harder to get perfectly straight and at a uniform level.

Jeremy uses the feet of the hoe to make himself level and try to make the post straight.

It can be something of a challenge on my hills.

You really don’t want to see him sitting at an angle like this.  At least I don’t.  He seems to enjoy the challenge.

He’s pretty good at operating it, and uses the arm to push himself back onto a more level ground.

He’s across the ditch and ready to finish setting posts!

After the posts are in, you need to unroll the woven wire.

It was getting late in the day by the time they got this far.

I guess I’ll have to present the finished fence next week!

Linking to Friday’s Fences, Forever Farmgirl Friday and Farmgirl Friday.

Fencing

I have been complaining about the fence on my south border all spring and wishing it was already replaced.  Last weekend, the day finally came for us to get to work on it.  We started by ripping out that wonderfully photogenic worthless fence.

My son was removing the chicken wire I used to try and hobble it together while my nephew started removing strands of barbed wire.

We tried rolling everything up neatly to make it easier to haul away to be sold for scrap.  Good gloves are a requirement when working with barbed wire.

I think my other nephew really wished he had jeans when he found himself in the midst of the rose bushes and gooseberry bushes and raspberry bushes. Ouch!

About 1300 feet of up and down hills through the thorny shrubs removing wire made for a long day of hard work.

After finishing the barbed wire, we removed the netting and rolled it up also.

After the removal was complete, we brought in all the new barbed wire, posts and netting.

These things are quite heavy, so I was glad the boys were here to help and do most all of the work.

We had our equipment ready to go.  The post driver I got just for all of the fence I knew I’d have to replace.  My nephew’s backhoe has been great to have around.

We used it to pull out all the old posts and set the new ones.  I’m thinking the backhoe and it’s usefulness will have a post of its own.   The one thing I don’t like about the new fence going in is how much of the grass we smashed because of the equipment and materials.  A large part of this Back Forty pasture is what I use to make hay for the winter’s food.

 At least we’ll still have plenty of hay, and the goats will get to join the cattle in the Back Forty.  I really am thankful that we are getting this done.  I’m sure next week’s Friday’s Fences will include another installment of my fence being replaced.

Linking to Thankful ThursdayFriday’s Fences, Farmgirl Friday, and Forever Farmgirl Friday.

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