Well, I tell you. With livestock, it’s just hard to keep anything nice. They are so good at trying to figure out how to wreck stuff. I guess it’s partially because they have nothing better to do than to egg each other on. I always imagine them sitting in the shade, with fat bellies, chewing their cud and all the sudden one says to the other… Betcha can’t bust down that fence… and the challenge is on.
Honestly. this is why we can’t have nice things.
Our fence fix lasted just about 10 days. And then the little buggers had to mess with it and pull it all out of whack. I guess in hindsight we needed a little more wire on the thing. But partially, I think they slid the wire down and just got it so they could wiggle through.
And wiggle through, they all did. We woke up the whole flock in the middle yard, grazing it down for us.
Not a huge thing, but still, we were trying to let the middle grow a bit so they could eat it later on, when it was nice and long. We haven’t had much rain and the grass is a little on the sparse side! I suspect that we’re going to have to start sprinkling the grass in the late August weeks if we want to keep a nice middle space.
Buttercup inspects the damage. She claims she had nothing to do with this. I believe her because she doesn’t want to upset her snack situation she has worked out in exchange for milking. She is a very good girl lately.
I’m suspecting these two characters. They love to be in the middle yard. It’s very likely that they were at least involved with the challenging… the sheep are not ones to push the boundaries we lay down. It’s the goats, every single time. Of course, once there is a breach in the system, the sheep are glad to share of the baaaad behavior. Daisy is the ringleader when it comes to escaping and busting stuff. She is a real pistol that way.
Well, we broke down and got a real hog panel for the span. They are a little pricey… $25 for 16 feet but the good thing is that they look nice and clean, and they are very hard for the critters to bust up or get under or just escape from.
I would love if we had about 20 of these babies just drop in from the sky! haha…. not likely to happen, but a gal can hope, right? So far, so good… seems to be working. We’ll have to see how it goes.
Life is never boring around the ranch!