Today has been a productive day, which I’m thankful. Work on the farm doesn’t always go as planned or takes a lot longer than anticipated. Since we have company coming later today, I wanted to cross a few items off the to do list right away: Set up portable fence for a new paddock and move the turkey pen. Regardless of my productivity, I managed to learn a few lessons while working out in the pasture.
Here are a few things I might do a little differently next time:
- Reapply sunscreen. I had it on, but more is always good.
- Apply more bug spray. Black flies are nasty. I was wearing pants and sprayed my feet and legs to deter ticks. However, more would have helped. At least I didn’t have any ticks on me.
- When possible mow paths for portable electric fence with the brush hog, not the weed eater. The weed eater worked great, but it just took a long time. And, with our beautiful weather, I turned into a sweaty mess.
- Put portable paddock fence up in the late afternoon or evening when the sun is going down.
- Bring more water than I think I’ll need.
- Keep rolling up portable electronet fence neatly after taking it down. I had a few tangles that tested my patience.
And, these are few tasks I’ll keep doing:
- Keep using the gator to haul supplies.
- The gator winch is perfect for moving the turkey pen.
- Set up a paddock gate using the temporary fence. I crafted an insulator handle that will allow me to open the gate while it’s hot and not get zapped.
- Use electric fence posts to help reinforce corners on the portable fence.
- Use the stock tank for a quick splash cool down. It’s hot out there!
- A good attitude makes everything more manageable.