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Fencing

26 Aug

Just when I had to go back to work, my nephew had the fencing supplies delivered (although we are still waiting on the netting), and we’re putting a fence through the middle of my Back Forty.

I hate the idea of dividing my beautiful open pasture, but it’s a last ditch effort to keep the goats safe from coyotes. Nothing else has helped.

I’m going to keep them away from the back hills and west border because that’s where the coyotes live.  They keep coming more and more onto my farm because of houses being built and the woods getting the underbrush cleared away.

Hopefully, this will allow the goats a better view and they can’t be sneaked up on.  The netting we’re getting is supposed to keep coyotes out, especially with a strand of barbed-wire along the bottom to stop them from digging.

Although, it will cut the hay field into two pieces.

It should still give them plenty of area to eat, and they’ll have the ditch with its shade trees.

Although they will lose this part of the pasture and the back hill, which are two areas they really enjoy.  I guess, they’ll still get the whole pasture though when the days are long (May – August).

I hope it works.  While we’re at the fence building, we’re hoping to widen the lane coming out of the barnyard to give the goats the no-man’s land where we don’t really use it to make hay (fence will be somewhere around my black line).  It will be good to have them keep the wild rose bushes eaten out of there.

Hopefully, we don’t run out of time to get this done before harvest.  I hate that I can’t be around to help him.  Luckily, my dad has helped him with setting posts.