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One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  3 Comments

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Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs.  With that in mind, I thought you’d all enjoy this video from J.C.’s Organic Farming channel.

Jason Chrisman uses his 4 wheeler to drive in a fence line and knock the tall weeds and grass down so they don’t touch the fence.  He’s got a nice set up for holding his fence posts and polywire. And as he mentions in the video, he likes doing things this way because he moves cattle daily so he needs to make fencing quick and easy.

I’m betting after you watch the video you’ll have some ideas of things you can do differently, or things you do that might help other folks. Do share in the comments below!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

3 Comments

  1. David Hendricks says:

    Why not cut the grass/weeds with the mower where you are running the portable line? The first paddock had a lot of trampled/ wasted forage.

  2. Kathie Arnold says:

    Seems like turning off the fencer power to tie the polywire to both ends is extra, unnecessary work as well as there is always the danger one will forget to turn the fencer back on. We have a similar 4-wheeler fencing set-up but we put in the posts and string the wire on the same pass. To start, we push in 2 step-in posts right next to the perimeter fence and tie the polywire to the 2 posts (but not letting the polywire touch the hot perimeter fence). Then go on across the field to the other side putting in posts and stringing polywire. When we get to the far side, then we tie a handle onto the polywire, wrap the polywire around a step in post positioned near the permineter fence, and hook the handle onto the hot fence which powers the polywire. If the polywire is not quite tight enough or too tight, adjust the number of wraps on the step-in post.

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