Bryant RedHawk wrote:I have to agree with Travis, loss of livestock gets very expensive very fast not to mention the mental stresses such an event brings.
Like the Texans say "good fences make good neighbors".
The French say something similar:"Les bons comptes font les bons amis". It is more about accounting and paying what your owe than fencing, but it carries the same idea: behave yourself and stay in your lane and it all be OK with your neighbors.
I erected a fence at little cost, although it is more of a snow fence, but it is very effective to trap snow and stop the wind. If you were to close it and put a door, you would have it made. So far, it is almost 200 ft long. (The north section may be 400 ft.)
In Central Wisconsin, we have oak wilt: Because it is very contagious, we are not allowed to sell
or move it to a County that is not yet infected. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?
So I planted 2 rows of timber, about 3 ft. apart, each pair of posts being about 8 ft apart in the row.. Armed with a chain saw, I started cutting all dead oaks this winter. (We can't cut during the entire growing season because injuring a live oak is an assured way to infect it. It is bad.)
Then I started piling branches as long as I could, between the 2 rows. 10 ft treated timbers, planted about every 8 ft. Put 3 ft. in the ground, you are still left with a pretty tight 7 ft. fence, which is more than adequate. The fence is north south because dominating winds come from the west. If the weight of the branches forces the posts apart, I could still lash them together with a good rope, or a dead man anchor. So far, so good. I also have a small berm
along the N-S road, so the wind carries snowflakes which accumulate between the berm and the fence and beyond the fence (since the wind can still blow through some), and voilà!
Now, in this lost forest of dead oaks, scrub red oaks most of them, I can plant blueberries and juneberries and other bushes, maybe some sugar maples. They will have ample moisture in the Spring (Too far to water- we live in sand)
The fence is as pretty as the posts are straight and evenly spaced, and long lasting, between treated posts and dead oak branches. (and cheap enough for my wallet: treated posts are bout $6.00 here, so an 8' section 7 ft. high is about $24, less the longer you can make it)
An additional bonus is that it protects all sorts of wild life that choose to nest right in the fence. With the clearings letting in more light, we will allow wild hazelnut bushes too, and wild cherries. (My honeybees are fond of all these blossoms)..Next year, wild turkeys may seek its protection on the lee side, as will as quails. We have a couple of wild grapes that could vine up and drape over that fence ... all in good time ... be patient! I could have done it on 4 sides to make an enclosure, but the aim was to use the dead oaks, create clearings and make a wind barrier. Also our neighbor to the west is a CAFO, on the other side of the road, so preventing his crap from blowing into our yard
as best we could was a consideration. Next fall, I will pursue the fence on the north side as well. Leaving an opening in the fence is also a way to direct deer toward a hunting shack: Always think on different planes and multiple goals when you erect a fence. Snow fence / wind protection, wildlife habitat, guiding deer to a hunting shack, keeping scarce water
on location, pretty long lasting, low cost... When God grants me the energy
to finish it, I may have a darn good enclosure to keep crops safe or anything else. (Just not goats!) Corners are easy: Just pile left and right and the tangle will not need reinforcement at the corners.