Last year's corn ground hosted cattle for much of the winter, but with Spring's work started it is time to roll up the wire fence.
Cattleman Jim uses a rolling mechanism on the tractor's power take off to wind it onto a spool. It can then be reused in the Fall.
Fence posts go into the bucket along with other extraneous things Cattleman Jim might find as he works on the fence.
It looks like a smooth and easy process, but in truth the wire takes a beating through the Winter.
It is often bent down or the wire is broken as deer run through the fields. Pieces of wire are searched out and gathered up as the pieces are a hazard to machinery in the field.
Farmer Fred found this piece of wire out in a field while he was seeding last week. It had been broken out of the fence and been dragged or blown onto the field. It then became entangled in the drill.
With patience, Farmer Fred was able to untangle the wire and wind it onto the hitch of the drill where it is secure and out of the way. He will remove the wire when he brings the drill back to the yard.
Using the corn stubble to feed the cattle is efficient. Our mild Winter with little snow meant the cows could walk around and graze the stubble which saved on hay and straw.
As the Spring seeding of another crop continues the cycle of farming in GriggsDakota.