Our grass is back!
Easter weekend we moved the sheep out of their winter pastures and back onto the big field.
Which means we’ve been out there every few days moving temporary fence lines.
We’ve split our big field in half (it’s not really square, but it’s close to half anyway) with an alley between the two sections. We can leave animals in the alley for grazing, winter pasture, or sorting if we need to, and the alley has several gates on each side to move the animals back and forth for rotating.
Then we use temporary electric fence to divide each half into more sections. Our sections end up as long strips. And we move the animals every couple of days.
The first couple times we lay out fence for the year usually takes a few hours–especially with the kids as helpers. But by the end of the first week, we’ve got it down to less than an hour to take the old section down and put the new section up and move the animals in–even with having to wait for Speedracer to catch up.
Moving the animals is actually easy. They get into the routine and know that when we come out there they’re getting new grass, so all you have to do is open on end of the fence and call them and they come charging through.
The Ladybug is actually a huge help out there. The Cowboy tries to help, but he’s under constant temptation from Speedracer to just drop it all and chase grasshoppers, or have sword fights with fence posts, or use the hammer claw to dig a hole…but I’ve already seen some real progress this year. And Speedracer? Well…we’re working on it.
What kind of outside work becomes part of your good weather routine?