Fencing is a job that all ranchers (or 99.99%) really dislike doing. It’s hot and dirty work. If the sand is too dry, digging post holes is like drinking water from a collander. If it’s wet, the fence is probably under water. If it’s windy… well, you get the idea.
This day, Newt and I and ReeRee went around the fence to try to keep the bulls and cows from mixing in with the neighbors. The fencing law is that you are in your pasture, look at your fence and you are responsible for fixing the left side of your half. This confuses me, but Newt usually fixes all the fence.
First, we look for broken posts. Bad posts= easy way for the cows to escape. You need to remove the staples from the old post. Then start digging a new hole for the new post.
Newt fixes the top wire the bulls broke while fighting through the fence, while I finish digging my hole. Luckily it rained, so the digging was good. The diggers made nice sand castles that are easy to pull out of the hole.
A new wire is added to the ends of the broken wire and “stretched” until tight.
Hedge posts are never straight and I never set them to Newt’s perfection, so I let him set the post. Plus it is easier to get pictures this way.
Tamp the dirt around the post for a snug fit…
Add wires to hold the barbed wire in place…
And several minutes later, you have the wire fixed and a new post in.
Only 20 more miles of fence to go!