I need to get my cattle grazing on my back field. These photos were taken nine days ago and the grass (and weeds) are much higher now. Every day the field loses nutrition as the available forage ages.
The problem is the fencing and myriad other chores I need to accomplish before the cattle can be safely turned out.
BACK FIELD PREP LIST
- Re-drill the post and hang the gate that Kyle hung too low to open
- rake up and dispose of all small bits of metal at the burn pile site (old nails and screws from Mike’s scrap lumber that cattle will eat out of fatal curiosity)
- hang the back gate
- drill insulators into all wooden posts
- hang the fence lines
- install a new top line all the way around the field
- install fencing behind and in front of the cabin field
- make six rope gates
- bury wire in conduit under gates 1, 2, 3, 4
- cut the large fallen poplar off the back fence (I’m afraid of chainsaws; big task with a handsaw)
- put air in the flat water wagon tire and fill the water wagon
- move out a water trough; fill
- remove the Pig Palace (cattle will chew on it)
- remove the “tea cart” trailer (subject of a future post; cattle will chew on it)
- remove the fence post trailer (cattle will chew on it)
- remove the extra sheep shelter frames (cattle will crush them)
- remove the antique spring-tooth harrow (cattle might hurt themselves)
- weedwhack the entire fenceline to keep weeds from shorting the fence
- hang the new fence charger
- wire the new fence charger
There are other tasks, but they are improvements, not requirements. Still, this represents hours and hours of work.
The last few days have been tiring with discouraging developments on the personal front. I have had no energy for a big project. I’ve actually had no emotional energy at all. I have forced myself to do the usual making of beds, mucking of stalls, walking of dogs, moving of sheep. And then I have mowed. Mowing is one of those tasks, like cooking dinner and washing dishes, that never makes the list but still has to be done. It is also soothing. I mowed for four hours yesterday.
Today I’m determined to start work on the back field.
As you can see if you look closely [double-click on the photo], the green look is somewhat deceptive. In many places it is predominantly inedible weeds, bald patches, rocks, ferns, and moss.
However there is a lot of it, and the first step to improvement is to get my cattle out on it.
I’m starting the process today.