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One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

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 Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. 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. 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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