Posted by: 347bennetrd | August 22, 2010

Break Fences

Well, throughout my posts I’ve been mentioning different tasks that I have during the day.  One that figures regularly is shifting breaks, so I thought it was time to explain what this is.

During late spring, crops are planted – mainly brassicas; swedes or kale – in order to feed stock during winter.  Once we have stretched the ewes out on grass for as long as possible – hopefully until shearing – we then put them on the crop.

However, we can’t just put the whole mob onto the paddock cos they would trample over everything and spoil it.  So, the idea is to erect temporary fences to ‘break’ the paddock up.

There is a stand with three reels on it, you attach the livestrand wires to a plastic standard, walk it out in the line you want the fence to go, then put in stakes to complete the fence…  Sound easy?!

Here is the stand with the reels on it plus a pile of standards ready to be dug into the ground and threaded with the wire,

Here is the start of a break going down to split the paddock in thirds, then we’ll put up a break to split the third into narrow strips.

And finally, here is a photo of the same paddock taken from the other side of the hill.  You can see all the brown part of the paddock has been eaten, the lighter green has been started and the dark green is left.

Voila the introductory course to break fencing!



  1. You didn’t mention how much fun it is walking through tall wet kale or over knobbly swedes or turnips!

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