This has been a big week @ Savage Hart Farm. On Wednesday, our fencers – Mary Beth and Rachel (who are AWESOME) – put up the final gates, connected the electric fence energizer, and at the end of the day pounded a few more ground rods into the earth. I gathered up about 4 extension cords, plugged one end into the outlet on the deck of the master bedroom, and the other into the energizer sitting on a board above the electric meter about 150 feet away.
We turned it on and BINGO, we’ve got roughly 4000 volts pulsing through the fence every 1.5 seconds. The girls are currently inside their field, which means they now have two layers of protection. The boys are currently grazing outside their field, and we’ll put them in some time in the next few weeks.
Thursday, Green Mountain Power and neighbor Pete the electrician came by first thing in the morning and by noon we had outlets installed immediately under the energizer, so I could coil up the extension cords and put them back in the garage.
So, now that we have almost 4000 feet of permanent fencing, does that make us a “real farm”? Some might think so.
But Mary Beth bestowed on us her “real farm award” about two weeks ago. As she was packing up at the end of the day, she said to me, “I can tell when I’m working on a real farm when I get in my truck to head home and its filled with flies.”
We DO have flies – not too many as we only have 11 sheep, and we ARE a real farm.
See evidence of our Speedrite 6000 in Action. The handy remote not only tells us if the fence is on and how much voltage is running through it, but it can TURN THE FENCE ON AND OFF! How cool is that?
Today, even though the weather is NASTY, I ran electric power from the meter to the barn. After digging a small 50-foot trench, I lay a heavy-duty extension cord in it, under the barn frame and up the inside of the front barn wall. I connected it to a power strip and using two more shorter extension cords, attached two 4-foot fluorescent shop lights (hanging from the rafters) and two 5-gallon heated water buckets. Now we just need to decide where on the walls to hang two hay feeders, and the barn will be set for winter.