The past few weeks I have been concentrating on fixing up my fences. As the Rock Farm was originally set up for horses, there are lots of little paddocks, all fenced with plain wire. These fences have been mostly cattle proof, but the sheep can (and do) wander where they like.
The small paddocks means I have been able to rotate the cattle with short bursts of intense grazing with long spells, inspired by Allan Savory. The initial results are promising, with the pasture responding really well to being rested between short bursts of grazing.
The problem has been that many of the fences have been in such poor state of repair that the cattle have been able to push through to other paddocks, undoing any gains made.
Many of the wires were broken where kangaroos have pushed their way through over the years. In repairing and straining these wires, I found I needed to improve my fencing skills. I learnt an excellent knot which I have put to good use. As I am no expert, you’re best watching the video by Time Thompson yourself:
My fencing has been going well, getting a little bit done here and there when I had the time, until last Friday when we had the unexpected pleasure of 10mm of glorious rain. Light showers fell on-and-off during the day, making the wire extremely slippery. After slipping and having a piece of wire flick up and cut my cheek, I looked at the dog, and decided to follow her lead. It was time to do something else.
Inside jobs are many and varied. I contemplated sorting out the shed… for just a bit.
And then decided that I really needed to sit down with a hot cup of coffee by the fire inside and take a Naval “Make and Mend” day… It was quite pleasant to sit and repair my favourite oilskin vest.
The fences are still there, and I am still working away at getting them back in order. The cattle are mostly contained now, with a few paddocks still to go. Of course it is a never ending task, and I am sure I will still be working on fences as long as we have livestock, kangaroos and wombats… but there are fewer more satisfying things than spending a day outside working on the Rock Farm 🙂