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New Fencing on the Farm

I’m not sure why but we just can’t seem to keep up with the fencing repairs on the farm.  Every year there is a field or road fence that needs replacing.  Last year we enlisted the service from a “professional” fencer and though it looked good it wasn’t installed properly.  Electricity was running to the metal gates going into the field.  We contacted the fencer and he told us he would be back to correct the problem but he never showed and within a couple of weeks someone in the community ran through the new fence and didn’t stop.  At this point we had to repair the fence anyway and hubby made the corrections to the electricity himself.

Fencing torn out and repaired.

Fencing torn out and repaired.

We do a lot of patching when we can but Dad is tired of doing that and wants to replace now.  Some of the bad spots look something like these:

These fences are probably 30-40 years old.

These fences are probably 30-40 years old.

Woven wire that gets bad is usually patched with a couple strands of barbed wire.

Woven wire that gets bad is usually patched with a couple of strands of barbed wire.

 

 

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Here’s a look of what the old fencing on the farm looked like before we started the new.

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This year we selected a new fence service who gave us a decent quote and hubby thinks his service was excellent.  His crew worked as hard as Mr. Price and  on days when the wind was howling and terribly cold.   Mr. Price was a true professional and hubby says we will be using his services again in the near future.

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Mr. Price was quick to start the work and his crew didn’t just stand around and wait to be told what to do.  They tore out the old fences, stacked the old wire and piled up the old post which we’ll use for firewood.  You can’t beat locust posts for a hot fire in the middle of winter.

Old fence posts and stacked wire ready to move from the fields.

Old fence posts and stacked wire ready to move from the fields.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s some of the finished work and I know we will be using Elmer’s Fencing again in the very near future!fencing-2016-17-30 fencing-2016-17-29 fencing-2016-17-27 fencing-2016-17-23 fencing-2016-17-17 fencing-2016-17-11 fencing-2016-17-9 fencing-2016-17-8fencing-2016-17-38fencing-2016-17-36fencing-2016-17-35fencing-2016-17-35new-board-fence-at-farm-entry-2016-1 img_0012 img_0011 img_0010 img_0009 img_0008 img_0006

Board fencing with high tensile behind it.

Board fencing with high tensile behind it.

Beautiful new board fence behind Heather's new house.

Beautiful new board fence behind Heather’s new house.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!  The next fence project is a line fence between us and a neighbor and Eddie & I are going to tackle it alone probably in the next couple weeks.

Farm work is NEVER done!!

Fencing never ends

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!

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.

Corner posts are cemented into the ground for extra sturdiness.

 

Beautiful when replaced and probably the oldest that has been replaced.

Beautiful when replaced and probably the oldest that has been replaced.

More driveway fence to but only needs a couple of posts replace.

More driveway fence to but only needs a couple of posts replace.

Newest replacement.

Newest replacement.

Treated posts in the ground.

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.

Tree protection

Tree protection

Recycled wire

Recycled wire

Firewood

Firewood

More tree cages

More tree cages

Here’s some more of the fencing completed this spring.

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Since hay season is upon us the fencing that is never done will continue in the fall and before hunting season!! 😉