Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Moving the fenceline. Again.

We are always moving our fences. The other day we moved the goat fencing. Again. I had this dream that I'd already have this lower field all mowed and planted... but you know. Farming. You can't ever get ahead.
New fenceline and my chair where I had to watch goats goof around. 

So we broke down and moved the fence so the goats could graze it down for me. They are doing great. Nibs likes to get up on some of the wood piles.


Of course, those silly goats wouldn't just walk down the hill themselves. I think they are afraid there are wild pumas in the woods or something. So for the last several days I've been walking them down the hill and cooling my heels while the goats nibbled on this or that. And then this happened.

Really, Shine? Really? You aren't helping me. Dahli just wants to be your friend.

However, yesterday I couldn't see the goats in their yard and after a mild minute of panic and asking my Dog#1, "Where's the nannies!?!?".... he pointed out that the goats were in the new field. So everyone was happy. Good work, goats!

We finally have some clearing.

I have to remind myself that progress is being made - even tho I never feel like it. This is the same fence line as the fourth picture in this post. The Impenetrable Forest is slowly becoming grassland.

Now that the goats have figured out to just walk down there themselves I have high hopes that they will take care of all the blackberry, wild rose, and poison ivy. But they'd better hurry up. I really want to get this tilled and planted.

Goats in the field.

I have a couple of tutorials on how to put up or move fence - even if you don't know what you are doing. The push in posts and having a roll of wire at the ready makes this project super easy. Just make sure you unplug the fence before you do anything!

How to put up electric fence - even if you don't know what you are doing.

How to put up field fence - even if you don't know what you are doing. 

The story of Nibs' life.... "Hey guys! Wait for me!"  They didn't.

Happy Sunday everyone! Are you moving fences?


Unknown said...

Do you ever have to be concerned that there's any toxic plants in there? Or can goats eat about anything?

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Hi Nancy... YES there are toxic plants. it's easy to find the list online. however... we usually walk the field to check. the reason it's not usually a problem is that goats are browsers.. that is.. they eat a bit here and there. provided they have enough pasture they NORMALLY dont poison themselves. however there are some "gotchas" - like azaleas are very deadly. around here its may apple. so you have to be on your toes. i know folks who's goats have been inadvertently poisoned. its a tough go. :-/

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