Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
You may have to scroll back and forth between this post and the previous to get a feel of where everything is - but this entrance to the pastures. To the immediate left (outside the frame of the photo) is the small dollhouse and the barn. The right is the shop.
The fence is a 5-wire high-tinsel fence. We used fiberglass posts rather than the steel posts throughout. All of the corners were secured with the h-framed wood posts. There are 4 - 12 or 14 ft. (I think 12 ft., but don't quote me) gates so that we can get a pickup and trailer to each of the sections.
The wire is attached by clips (you can see it better in a couple of pictures down). This section of fence was all wooden so the kids took the old barb-wire and wood sections down. I believe there are 6 possible individual pastures that can be used at any given time in Phase #1. Ben has the plans for which stock goes where - so you'll have to ask him.
The photo below is the catch pen. It has a gate to go into every section, as well as access into the pastures directly behind the barn (or infront of the pole-barn, whichever you like). Along the right side, you can see that we need to put hog-panels/fence in to reinforce this area so they won't "blow-through" the wire.
Our next project, along with Phase #2 is to run a water line back to the pole barn so that we have the option to lamb out there and put stationary water tanks in the back. Its obviously probably too late to this yet this fall - but that would save a lot of time.
As you can see, we're pretty excited ....we're one step closer to getting this funny farm going.
I should mention - we would not have been able to get this project off the ground without the help of the NDSU Judging Club kids who graciously accepted our offer of building our fence in return for a monetary donation to help their travel budget.
We were able to complete Phase #1 this fall, and hopefully - next spring we will complete the second phase of the project! Pictures to come in the next post!
Monday, November 1, 2010
There are also a couple of Crystal Young's prints that I would like to have for my office. (I'll email her so she knows which ones - when my husband calls to ask....hint hint, call to ask.)
More to come. It's only November mind you.