Boring Blog Post
o you ever run out of things to blog about? I sure do, farm life can be, and is a lather, rinse, repeat type of thing. Plant the carrots, weed the carrots, harvest the carrots, eat the carrots… . So I was glad when a friend stopped by yesterday to get some roots and I put her to work helping me get ready for the snow that is predicted for tonight. Since I’m ready, I doubt it will snow much, but she provided me with several good ideas for blog posts just from our conversation as we worked.
My first task was to move the sheep into the empty chicken brooder for the duration of the snow. When I asked my friend to do that task while I did something else, she was horrified. She hates, hates, hates her electric netting. I feel a blog post coming on here ;) Here I thought this was a simple thing that she could do by herself, but I didn’t count on her dread of electric netting. I soon found out why she abhorred her fence and didn’t move her animals too much because of the fence problems she was having. I was glad to help, since I happen to think this electric netting is the coolest thing since sliced bread, or Juniper Fiestaware, either way, I love it!
Come to find out she is rolling the dang thing up every time she uses it. No wonder, that is a lot of unnecessary work, and all that work destroys the temporary nature of the temporary fence. I do roll up our rolls of fence and tie them when I am ready to store them for the season, but during the grazing season I store them flat like the photo above.
The method we use to tear down and move electric fencing goes pretty quickly, and allows one person to take down and set up a net or two in three shakes of a lamb’s tail. Well not quite that fast, but fast. To take down a fence section, I grasp the first post in my left hand and then walk along pulling out the next post with my right hand. While doing that I am draping the net towards the ground, and bringing the next post to my left hand, which is sort of like making pleats (if you sew you know what I mean.)
Keeping the nets like this when they are in constant use is a time saver, because then you can just grab them and feed them out in reverse order and bam your fence is laid out.
The route to the least frustration is keeping the spike ends free from the netting. Otherwise you are in for an annoying fencing stint. I have to say I really like this netting, our Electronet for the sheep lasted about 4 years, and the last year of that it was a mere suggestion to the sheep. But this PoultryNet™ has went above and beyond the call of duty. We purchased this fencing in 1999!
We had a great time, she learned some new fencing tricks, we put the sheep in, and we got some roots dug and a few pics for a blog post. Another funny thing she brought up was that she had just read somewhere recently on a farm blog that Jersey cows were hardy in mild climates. We pondered that for a while and decided that since all cows were hardy in mild climates that was hardly a claim to fame for the Jerseys. We both had read stories in older books about Jerseys being rugged in the olden days, which meant a rug or blanket was put on the cows in inclement weather, not that they were rugged as in hardy :) Not enough story there for a blog post, but I promise pics of the roots we dug in the next post and some miscellaneous pics of what’s going on in the winter garden besides root crops.