One of the larger projects on the list of Things That Need To Happen is cross-fencing. Currently, I have only one paddock; a two acre enclosure in which everybody lives: chickens, goats, and alpacas. It's big enough for everyone, but without separate enclosures, I can't separate kids from mama goats, to get more milk. I can't keep a buck. And most importantly, I can't rotate pastures. My big field produces plenty of roughage for the animals I keep on it, but it would eventually get tired. And unless I have somewhere else to put the animals for a month or so, I can't plant grass and try to improve the pasture. So yesterday I went and bought enough material to make two new enclosures, one about 100' x 150', and the other about 50' x 100'. The price of fencing materials has nearly doubled since last fall. I don't eve want to write what I spent, in case my husband reads this blog and finds out! Oh well, at least labor is free.
Happy Goats in the New Pasture