@Baymule Do you think I could get buy with 8'x6" uprights? They are $480 per 30 which would cover what I need. The 8'x7" are $405 per 22. The cost difference covers getting the 6.5'x5" cross braces and hardware.
I learned something from the fence guys. They used 6” ringshank galvanized nails on the cross brace. The chemicals in the treated wood corrode regular nails. I did not know that. I used 4” deck screws. Those 6” ringshank galvanized nails looked so LONG! I’d be pounding on them forever! LOL
Aluminum screw would not rust, but they would probably not be strong enough. Can you get galvanized screw? Although if you used coated deck screws that would do the same thing as galvanized coating I think. The deck screw coating is designed to keep the screws from rusting in decking boards.
I can tell you -- experience 😱 -- those ring shanks were not made to come out!!!!! I'm removing some old fence this week and every time I find one I shutter. 😂. Bought several buckets of them at an auction for fence...way cheap that day! Never considering any removal. Close to "forever" nails!
Exciting weekend in lamb barn! Bet the kids were thrilled to be home to see it.
Nine lambs with a loss of 2 is about a 22% loss ratio? Math is not my best subject. 3 ewe lambs for the flock and 4 to sell for $$$ so far. Very good for first year with all your predator and fence problems. Next lambing with Hera on duty will be even better. Ewes can be rebred in 3 months (if you want to follow intensive breeding program). They would lamb in September. Or hold them for an extra month before breeding and they will lamb beginning of October when weather is not as hot. With luck the grass should remain through November with normal rain to start feeding hay. The downshot is feeding purchased hay, the upshot is having lambs for sale in November-February when prices are high.
Yep! We haven't had a predator loss since Hera joined our family. It helps that my sheep associate the shed with safety and lambed inside.
Not sure if I'm going to offer the rams as registered breeding stock or send to auction. They are twins out of twin moms that twinned 1st lambing... We will see how the 3 grow out. They could barely be weaned in time for the April 12th Gatesville meeting and sale. I need to see how much renting a pen would cost. @Baymule thoughts? You saw what was on offer last year.