Hubby and I spent most of February tearing out our old loading pen. It was well over 50 years old and was worn out. Instead of repairing like we normally do we decided to start over with this section of the pen. The far end with the working head chutes and calf pens are on the opposite end and were redone three years ago.
This is the working part of the pen we completed three years ago.
Head chute for medical and castrating. We consider this one of the best investments we’ve made in regards to working our cattle. Hubby is less likely to get hurt, less stress on the calves and our daughter is learning to use it too!
The boards have been torn off the posts and cut up for kitchen woodstove firewood. We recycle as much as possible. The old posts will be cut up for the big woodstove.
We’ve rehung some gates, tightened up some posts, and put in some posts. Now, we wait for our lumber to arrive which has been an unexpected delay. Most of the private lumber mills in the area will only cut for commercial folks. Here’s some pictures of the work we’ve done so far and I’ll post more as we get the work completed! I’ve definitely used muscles that have been lazy for some time!!!
Fence posts dug, posts placed, Qickrete poured and hardened.
Heavy equipment used to set some gate posts that we didn’t replace.
Rotted off gate posts at scale house.
Area of most work yet to be done.
Some of the existing gates that we will use again.
We rehung these gates after we replaced the posts.
Generator used to drill the hinge holes in the posts.
Kubota tractor we used to drill the holes for the posts.
We used our milkcans to haul water for the Quikrete
The Massey Ferguson was used to haul in the new fence posts and hauling the pallet of Quikrete.
NOW WE WAIT!!
Posted in CHANGES, Farming, Fencing
Tagged beef cattle, boards, gratification, hard work, loading pens, posts, safety, tractors, work friendly
Hubby and daughter spent another day working on fences and replacing gaps between pasture and hayfields. It’s a never-ending job on a farm as big as ours. We are constantly patrolling the fences to keep good neighbors and the cattle where they’re supposed to be. The deer and wind downed trees are our biggest problems. Wild cherry trees are a particular hazard now because if the cattle eat the wilted leaves of a down wild cherry it’s almost instant death to the cattle/calves. Here’s some of the last board fence replaced and it looks so good.
Treated 7 foot posts and lumber sawed from the farm. Very nice!
The pastures and hayfields are surrounded mainly by electric fencing. The woods are surrounded by barbed wire, woven and rail fencing. The fencing along the highway, which isn’t a lot is woven wire. Gates are placed in all the major entries to fields, pasture and woodland. And yes, none of it is inexpensive!!
The fences surround our hayfields, property lines, woodlands, house property, orchards, gardens and anywhere else you can think of.
Corner posts are cemented into the ground for extra sturdiness.
Beautiful when replaced and probably the oldest that has been replaced.
More driveway fence to but only needs a couple of posts replace.
Treated posts in the ground.
We take the old fence to the recycling plant if it’s to rusty to use for tree protection. The tree protection is when we wrap a 4-5 foot piece in a circle and put it around the fruit trees to keep the deer from horning the trees which kills them. The old post are cut up and used for some mighty fine firewood.
More tree cages
Here’s some more of the fencing completed this spring.
Since hay season is upon us the fencing that is never done will continue in the fall and before hunting season!! 😉
Hubby has been working on fences again in the last week and he tore out the east end fence around our garden because it was about to fall down.
tractor tires used for garlic, strawberries and rhubarb
fencing between yard and garden
He decided that the fence didn’t keep out the deer so he would not replace it. We have now moved the large tire planters to the south garden fence and will plant fruit trees along the yard where the fence used to be. We currently have three pear trees along this line, two grape vines and a blue plum. On the North end of the garden we’ve planted three peach trees and cut down an old plum tree that died. I want to put in two more peach trees on that North end, two more plum trees out the fence line and plant two or three cherry trees in the yard close to the pond. All of the apple trees that used to be there except one have died and been taken out. These trees we replace will all be of the semi-dwarf size except maybe the cherry because of the space and closeness to the garden. We don’t want the shade from the trees to shade the garden from the morning sun. Hopefully hubby and I will be around when they start bearing fruit.
The apple tree rootstock we planted last year have all survived the winter, rabbits and deer and it’s now time to graft them. We think moving our hound dogs to the apple orchard have saved our new trees from the ravages of the wildlife. We just hope the wildlife doesn’t realize the dogs can’t reach them as long as they are chained.
Space between yard and garden cleared of fencing
Freshly plowed garden lot
Tire planters moved to new area
Strawberries starting to green up.
Garlic coming up. Love that stuff!!
Rhubarb coming in but frost burnt the leaves badly. I’ll clip the leaves and start fresh after this weeks frost pass.
Quince tree in south west corner of garden.
Pear trees sprouting.
We try very hard to replace our fruit trees as the old one’s die which hasn’t been done for many years. We want the future family members to have plenty of these crops on hand for their use well after we are gone! If we don’t take care of the future generations, who will??
Posted in Fencing, Gardening, Orchards
Tagged changes, garden, garlic, grapes, peach, pear, plum, quince, rhubarb, seasons, spring, strawberries, tire planters, weather