Sunday, September 22, 2013

Woven Wire Fence

I am the Queen of fence clips. Yes I am. I have conquered hundreds of feet of new woven wire fencing for our goats/Dexter cattle. 

What are fence clips? They are triangular little pieces of wire designed specifically to hold the fence to the t-post. See them on every strand? Yep. Every strand. 10 strands. 10 clips per post. 1 post every 10 feet. At least, that's how we do it. 

When we first started, I put a clip every other wire thinking that would surely be sufficient. It wasn't. The unclipped wires inevitably sagged. Don't skimp. Every wire. 

We also strung 1 electric wire up to keep the goats off the fence. They really like to use the fence for scratching. This causes the fence to bend and puff out on the bottom half. We do not want a puffed out fence. Plus, the electric just keeps everybody including the dogs very respectful of boundaries. Boundaries are good. 
This fence here by the road goes all the way to the crest of the hill... and some back the other way. Now that this section is done we can open another 4 acres or so up to the goats for foraging. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to watch your goats happily munching on brush and weeds that you have been fighting.. well.. since, forever. Ok, from the beginning of the farm. 
This section has woods. They seem to enjoy the edge where saplings and buck brush grow. These are goat favorites. 

This is a group of mostly doelings that we bred. This guy in front is in charge of romancing these girls. This is a very exciting time of year. Especially for him. Our goats generally come into heat during the fall and have a 5 month gestation, very similar to deer. 

So glad and thankful to have this year's fencing project completed. Yes, there will be more next year..and the year after..and probably every year. But let's not talk about that. This project is 

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