Inspect and Mend Farm Fencing

| 11/6/2012 10:17:00 AM

Tags: Tough Grit, Hank's Hints, Farm Fencing, Livestock Fencing, Hank Will,

Editor in Chief Hank Will, in his International.Fixing a fence is a great excuse to get out and walk — or ride — around your land. I like to begin with the perimeter fences for the simple reason that these barriers keep my critters in and my neighbor’s mongrel bull out.

The first things I look for are any broken wires or wires supporting newly-fallen tree limbs. If there’s a wire down due to a fresh tree-fall, I’ll do what I need to do to remove it (sometimes even trudge back to the shop to get a chainsaw). With the limb out of the way you can easily assess the damage and make it right.

When I’m short on time, I’ll sight down long stretches of farm fencing and look for any posts that are akimbo that weren’t akimbo before. When your posts are as old as mine are, it’s not unusual to find some freshly broken off, thanks to an overzealous attempt by a cow to grab some tender morsels of grass on the other side of the fence.

Yes, the grass is always greener and more delicious just out of reach.

If the fence isn’t physically down, I’ll hold off on replacing posts until I have plenty of time. If the fence is on the ground — well, then “when I have plenty of time” is right now!

Walking farm fences is a great way to get a little fresh air, do something useful and keep your animals secure all at the same time. And if all that invigoration doesn’t make you sleep better at night, the peace of mind surely will.

3/5/2015 12:37:28 AM

Your idea is nice! Garden fence is good that gives an appealing look and protects you from the unwanted and outer disturbances. So going for a garden fencing is beneficial in two ways as it gives both, beauty with security. You can visit my site for more of this stuff. Thanks for nice ideas.

11/6/2012 8:13:15 PM

Hank, another good episode. Good fences make for good neighbors. Or so I'm told. Have a great Grit day.

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