Before the rain came, we were able to get a few lengths of fence in by the Martin Tract. Our dear neighbor, JK, sent me these beautiful pictures of the fencing crew working to put everything up. Thank you!
It’s quite a process, but it moves quickly. As Jon likes to say – the fence is more to keep people out than keep the animals in. But really, it’s to keep the animals in and prevent them from fertilizing our neighbors backyards, ‘pruning’ their gardens and playing in the traffic. Plus, we can rotate them easily within the fencing with simple electric tape – from acre to acre – as they eat up the grass.
The crew approximates where the posts will stand and lay them out.
Then the lines are set and measured. They better be straight!
Then it’s time to drill the post holes and set the posts in.
Finally, a nice, straight fence. Once the wire fencing is on – we will be ready to graze the cows. Look at all that fresh grass in the enclosure!
Speaking of grass, we do consider ourselves grass farmers to a large degree. We use a mixture of grasses that grow at different times of the year, to different heights and in different weather conditions.
The mixture includes Alfalfa, Clovers, Fescues, Oats, Rye and Timothy (among others). That’s quite a blend – and it’s all legal!
Our favorite publication on the matter of grass feeding is The Stockman Grass Farmer. I wouldn’t bring it to the beach, but it’s a good read and has plenty of anecdotes from grass farms this country over!