Fence work continues as always. In the off season we try to walk and repair all our fence lines, and cut back the brush. Our neighbors don’t really want 20 cows grazing in thier well tended gardens and yards, which unfortunately does happen occasionally. On our farm off North Road in Chillmark have over 8000 feet of fence, that’s over 1 1/2 miles of fence to visit and repair. We use mainly 4 stands of barbed wire on locust posts, but also use mesh stock fence in some areas (peaked hill pasture). When kept tight, barbed wire is perfectly capable but when deer, hunters, and those curious calves push the stands apart they need tightening.
In this picture Daniel is racheting a line end brace assembly. The two posts are stabilized by the post accross the top and tightened by the angled wire. This wire when tightend with the rachet, pulls the top of the left post to the right keeping the brace tight and fixed. Here we were working on the gate to our lower pasture, a two + acre area with quality grass that we carefully manage.
After this cold and windy day we returned to the top of the hill where Dan and his family live. I was able play with Clara and lil Zeb and meg made a wonderful beef stew. Meg had a hot fire going when we returned and cold beers for us. In one strange way as the days do get longer I miss the ability to quit at five and go spend time with family. But I guess that is what winter is for. Keep those fences tight!