We (or Paul will say "I") bought land with no pasture. Then we (OK, it was all me) bought animals that require pasture. Hacking, lopping, chopping, pushing, dozing, burning and leveling our way to an actual fence line has been a behemoth of a project. Paul does a little bit here and a little bit there, in between the umpteen other things that need to be done around the homestead.
Have you ever heard anyone say, "Build your fences before you get your animals"? Well, if you're wanting to get livestock, and don't have any fence up yet.......LISTEN TO THEM!!! Because I wish I would have. It's not like we have the mule and goats just running around everywhere - we do have fence up, but it's nowhere near ideal. The goats are contained in a smaller-than-ideal paddock made from cattle panels (secure, but Cha-Ching $$!!!) and the mule and mini-horse are in a different area with cheap, old field fencing which constantly required repairing. If we had spent just a little more time making a good, strong fence in the first place, we would have saved countless hours messing around with the hodge-podge fences we have now.
Two years ago we plunked down what seemed like an inordinate amount of money for a mile's worth of Red Brand goat & sheep fence. If we were going to finally make the "real" fence, we wanted it to be the good stuff. It's not a welded wire (like the cheap field fence up by the mule) and the squares are only 4" throughout the entire 48" height. Not only is this a good "predator" fence, but it will keep the baby goats in (saving my gardens), the horned goats from getting their heads stuck (even though I want to rid myself of the horned goats) and will even keep the chickens in if we decide to pasture them with the 4-legged critters.
Paul started setting the 4" corner, line & gate posts last fall and earlier in the week we finally started pounding t-posts into the ground for the first of the paddocks:
|It's hard to see, but there's a line of t-posts set.|
At least that's what I'm hoping.