Friday, May 4, 2012

A Post to End All Posts

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This is a post about posts.  Fence posts, that is.

I'm learning quickly that if you're going to be running livestock, good fencing is vital. 

In the last few years that I've been lending a hand on a variety of different types of farms with all different types of fencing from woven wire to barbed wire to electric, and one thing in common for all of this fencing is that animals always find a way to get out.

Perhaps that's what Robert Frost meant when he said "Good fences make good neighbors."  Keep your pigs out of your neighbor's corn fields, and you will have a happy neighbor.

The vital part about a fence is the posts.  Set your corner and brace posts correctly, or your fenceline will sag and fail.

I didn't have any fencing experience before arriving at the Big Farm.  I've gotten to watch and assist a couple of times over the last several weeks.  I'm working on a much more extensive "how-to" post about fencing, but in the meantime I wanted to share this very special photo of my very first post hole.

And now I know why they invented those machine-operated-auger-post-hole-digging-thingies.

Cheers -

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