The past week had seen the end of spring. Hot days above 30 degrees and some wild winds have dried out the grass. Many people in the district nervous for the bushfire season and our local RFS training is ramping up.
On the RockFarm, our lambs have been eating out their small holding paddocks. This is a good thing as the paddocks are close to the house, and the less grass here the better coming into summer.
Between the two paddocks is a channel for water. Water hasn’t flowed down here for months, but it naturally holds a bit of extra moisture and therefore grass.
There isn’t enough grass to make it worth fencing properly, but it was worth spending an hour to rig up a little race for the lambs to have access to the lane. This allows them to come and go as they please, with water in their paddock.
The old gates were around the hay shed. When we replaced them with the old roofing iron from the house, we kept the gates handy. I can now understand why farmers never seem to throw anything out!
The lambs love it, quickly disappearing in the long grass. The only problem is they will be through this in about a week.
I hope to move the lambs soon to our large flat paddock. It is fenced with hinge joint stock mesh. It is mostly sheep proof, but wombats also hang out here – and they have no respect for fences!
It is a constant job patching holes. Old star pickets, short rolls of old netting and logs or branches hopefully create a barrier that works
I will have to check the fence again before we move the sheep into this paddock – but hopefully it won’t take too much extra work to keep them in.
And then as the sun sets it is nice to sit back and relax feeling great about living in paradise.