Monday, 28 September 2015

For The Love Of Baler Twine - A New Pen

I managed to get the tow bar fitted on my van last week, so hopefully I'll be selling some lambs soon! In the meantime I'm trying to find as much grass as I can for them. I got offered an extra 2 acres of grass last week but as they're digging some of it up in the next week or so (they're building a house) it won't be available until next year, so I'm trying to make sure we make the most of what we have.
The over grown pig pen - no pigs till next year though!
 One patch of land that's been underutilised is the pig pen that I fenced off. We didn't get any pigs this year so it's been sat there just growing grass, it's a good size, under the oak trees. So I've made a path out of gates, an off cut of wire and plenty of baler twine. 
The track between the fields - this little pass was planned so it can be an easy pen for the sheep

Make shift pass for the lambs to get in the pig pen 
Didn't take long for the lambs to find their way in! 
It gives them an extra bit of grass and keeps another area tidy, hopefully next year we'll get some pigs and they'll keep it tidy instead. 
Anyone else go mad with baler twine to block off areas? I'm not happy unless every gateway has at least a bit of baler twine on it!

11 comments:

  1. I always have some baler twine and a penknife in my pocket, and there are very few days when they're not required!

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  2. I try not to. Baler twine just craps out way too fast for my tastes. I will usually use some regular cordage instead or even long zip ties for emergency repair. I admit I am a fence snob though. My sheep are escape artists and I hate repairing fence so I usually put in fence that is way sturdier than I need to but I have all the equipment to do it and very little as far as trees to deal with.

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  3. interior designers insist that every room should have a touch of red in it. Guess that is a throw back to when we crawled out of the swamp and had fires in our caves. Obviously your 'baler twine' is a throw back to your farming roots.:)x

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  4. Whatever you have to hand to get the job done. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes.

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  5. I hate baler twine, when we moved here I filled two feed sacks with bits of baler twine found around the place, even digging the garden I found bits buried in the soil, we use cable ties a lot the best invention ever :-)

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  6. Ah baling twine! What would we do without it?. I agree that it is not the most beautiful of materials and it doesn't last for ever (though pretty damn near!) and the fences/gatedssupports etc ..are not as aesthetically pleasing as those made with other materials, but it is RECYCLING and RE-USING, central to the ethos of self-sufficiency.
    And as for pallets!!!

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  7. Zip ties Kev, Zip ties, they are the latest and greatest. Tough as nails too.

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  8. The local French farmers use just a little piece of BLUE twine stretched across lanes, gate openings etc when they are controlling cattle moving from field to field. Daft, but it seems to work. Do Limousin cattle recognise blue?

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  9. We 'do' a lot of baler twine here as well! Very useful!

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  10. Baler twine ... we have little lengths of it everywhere. It's a good job it comes in such bright colours, makes it easier to find a bit when you need it. I've never had a roll of the stuff though, just these little lengths that seem to come from nowhere!!

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