Using a well designed grazing cell & the right portable fence tools, I can generally feed the herd in about 25-30 minutes even with the ground frozen. No expensive machinery, No diesel fuel, No engines to start.
Here I am with 400-some cows looking for breakfast on a beautiful crisp winter morning in the Pahsimeroi.
Today’s feed strip was set up yesterday. Daily chores involve just taking down one temporary fence & leapfrogging it ahead for the next day’s move.
The cattle start moving into the strip as the fence is reeled up. They come in heads down and grazing. No running around the new paddock to see what’s there. They just get down to business.
After reeling up the 1000′ of polybraid, I walk ahead to where tomorrows lead fence needs to be & unroll it.
The reel can be hung on any type of hard wire fence. In this case, it is our 2-wire inner circle fence on the pivot. Always hang the reel near a post for stability. That can be a wood, fiberglass, Pasture Pro, or any other type of permanent line post.
I then walk back along the previous fenceline pulling the O’Brien step-in posts and reset them on the new fenceline. On our 300-acre pivot, the fence runs are just over 1000 ft and the entire process of taking down a fence and resetting it generally take me 25-30 minutes.
When I was a little younger, it was generally 22-23 minutes to do the job. I walk just a little slower now.
The cows say mmmmm… good!