I need to get the new upper fence pasture created. I have been trying to figure out how to get it done quickly and easily. I realize that fencing and easy are words that don't belong together. I was going to run the fence up the hillside and cross the creek but every time I cross the creek I have to hang panels and they have to be moved up every spring and lowered every summer. For ease of installing and maintaining I have decided to fence off the creek. This will cost me some extra materials but it will be better in the long term maintenance department. I am going to just run the new fence in the bottom only. I may even decide to run the fence up the hillside and cross the creek later.
Thursday I took the box blade off the tractor and attached the mower. It is getting easier with repetition. It only took me about 40 minutes. I had to straighten and adjust my front bucket leveler indicator also. I wanted to mow the upper pasture fence line so it would be easy to find. I ended up spending a couple of hours mowing the entire upper pasture prime area (my new name for the soon to be fenced in area). I mowed along the creek and all over the bottom. It was mowed late last year to a height of one foot. I mowed it down to three inches. I left the bunch grass higher as it runs next to the wheat field fence. I saw lots of field mice and voles. Zeke snagged a couple of them but spent most of his time tearing all over the place. I had to keep calling him back. I want to install two gates in that fence line. I will only be installing two sides of a rectangle and repairing a third. I opted to enclose a bigger area. I was going to build three separate upper bottom pastures eventually. I decided to enclose the first two in one fell swoop. I can go back later and subdivide the "upper bottom prime" pasture later.
The mower did good work. I had one metal part fall off! It is on the front of the mower and helps hold the front skirt in place. When it is not pouring down rain I plan on looking for it. I did try and use a new app on the iPhone to figure out how many acres I am fencing in. No go, user error. I again proved that a Lifeproof case is water proof. I also discovered that when the water is running off the screen and your hands are cold the iPhone won't sense your touch. I finally just gave up.
Annmarie wants me to install a cable to help hold, the already installed, gate leading into the wheat field. I was thinking I would have to put in a new post but I might not have to do that. I am going to try it. I also need to install a cow panel over that gate so the sheep cannot get through it. This has prompted me to make up a list of needed items to go into the fence budget. The two 18 foot gates and 70 T-posts and 8 wooden post for the lower barley field are necessary. The new 16 foot metal gate for the machine shop hay area is mandatory! I will also be installing two rows of 1x12 along one wall side to prevent the cows from reaching through the supports there also. At current prices that is $480 in gates, $335 in T-posts and $100 in wooden posts for $915 total. I need at least another 125 t-posts for the upper pasture at $600. Five rolls of wire $315 and a bag of clips is around $200. Two more gates at $360 for prime pasture and one six foot gate for $90 for lower pasture. I need about six cow panels at total cost of $150. Grand total $2630. Not bad only $130 over budget, only trouble is I didn't allow any money for labor. Good thing I work cheap! This is why I am hitting the spring extravaganza sale on this upcoming Friday. If I only get a 10% discount I will make my budget!