If you are like the rest of us, we are ready for Winter to be over and Spring to be here! With what is an earlier than normal arrival of warmer weather, everyone is charging out the door with a multitude of chores. Time to break out the tiller and mower, seed the patches in the yard, get some garden in, and just sit in the grass and marvel at Mother Nature and how absolutely wonderful it is to live in the USA!
Nothing is closer to nature than walking pasture fence. Although it appears to be OK, it is good to walk it all and hand check the posts, connections, and wire. We usually use the 4-wheeler and try to keep a box full of mending supplies and a few extra posts. In the box we keep an assortment of regular pliers, fence pliers, hammer, trusty baling type wire, extra fence wire, splicers and tool, fencer stretcher (comealong), post driver, and good heavy gloves. There will always be something you forgot, or something someone borrowed, that you will be missing. It doesn’t hurt to add a notebook and a pen (that works) to the box to jot down what you need to bring along on your trip back or notes as to what needs taken care of on a future trip. While you are out, observe the area for washed out spots and holes, trees that could create future problems by falling on the fence, and add these to the notebook. If your memory is like mine, you are so busy thinking of what needs to be done, what you meant to do gets by you, too. Checking fence is not a once-a-year option. At the price of cattle, you want to check several times during pasture season. Helen