Margali's Griffin Wood Ranch

Baymule

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You can always go back and fill in. That will put you at 6’ spacing. 12’ is a little too far and eventually it will sag. Think your sheep walking down the fence, rubbing the winter wool off their sides, ground shifting and so on.

Get fence up now, fill in later. Can always do a little fill in at a time.
 

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Back said NO after about 3 t-posts. So I'm just hanging out and enjoying my flock. And Hera requested attention.
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I love her so MUCH! Wonderful other than issue with north fence line and following whichever stray dogs out of the hole. So sheep and Hera only get to graze that pasture if I'm onsite.

Currently discussing that fence with neighbor regarding cutting down trees growing into fence and starting over. I'm patching the patches right now. Neighbor wants to have sit down and "have conversations about helping each other and what we can do as a team. 😁"
 

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Like @Baymule said....Sheep and goats will actually require the closer 8 ft spacing because they will rub against it and stretch it out... moreso that cattle do... except bulls... who like to take their shoulders and go down along the fence and push/scratch/rub until it is stretched way out of shape. Between rubbing for the wool and shedding of the hair, sheep will rub it and stretch it... and of course we all know that goats just love to try to climb it so they can get on their tippy toes to reach something that they just know will taste better if they can only reach that high...:hide

Not trying to put a crimp in your fence building... and yes, getting it up is paramount... but there is no way you can stretch it enough to keep 12 ft spacing tight when they start to rub on it... so if you do 12 be prepared to go down and put in posts inbetween.... once you get it up and they have the added field for grazing....

Funny how the smaller animals actually put more wear and tear on woven wire fencing than the cattle do...
 

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I don't know if my Katahdin sheep are normal for breed or odd. They currently have access to bost sides of the fence barely tacked up with post 24ft apart. I'm adding post to 12ft spacing now. Some have figured out how to put nose under loose mesh and and get to other side until I tied a log to it but no rubbing. They ALL love scratching on the rough timber in shed, rigid night pen panels, and the tree in paddock.

If I have a hot wire at shoulder rubbing height would that help make 12ft spacing last longer?
 
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