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Farmer Jon Here - Lots of happenings on Open Sky Farm. We're brooding just under 100 chicks and ducklings with more on the way in the next couple days. We have 16 new piglets. We're rotationally grazing the cattle and sheep and working on the Pastured Pig Paradise (more info coming soon). And the gardening is in full swing. We're also trying to get things set up for selling at the Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market this year. Some of which are more fun then others: getting insurance = not fun, having our freezer's inspected by the state = not so much fun, ordering banners = fun.

We were working hard to plant 400 strawberry plants before it rained the other night. Jamie finished the last couple rows in the dark working by the light of a headlamp but we got them in.

 We even had our first calf of the season today! It's always fun to see what each new calf looks like!

But all those happenings haven't kept us from having a little fun.

And of course by "having a little fun" I mean pulling step in posts out of the pond after the water level rose a few feet.

Rich  – (April 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM)  

"...I mean pulling step in posts out of the pond after the water level rose a few feet..."

Does it usually work alright to run the fence along the water's edge when you are building your paddocks? (I assume that is what you were doing)

I've seen that method suggested to allow water access, but I've never actually tried it (no real reason why, I just haven't).

Most of the water on our farm is provided by ponds and it has been one of the stumbling blocks I've faced in implementing a MiG grazing system. I can see how running a wire along a pond would work, I just haven't tried it yet, and would be interested in hearing about how it works for you.

Farmer Jon  – (April 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM)  

Hi Rich,
It works fine. I run my temporary fencing along the edge of the pond and then a small stretch of fence where I put a few posts into the water far enough that they can get a drink. That way only a small area is impacted and they can't get into the pond. If you move them/the area they drink from often enough, I think that will help to minimize any damage. I'm keeping an eye on the ponds this year to see if I can see any differences (good or bad).

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