How to set up Sheep Housing in 2 hours

December is the month to get ready for when the ewes come indoors from the New Year. They are then housed until they lamb in March. 

Every year Stuart tinkers with the system 1) to make it easier to put up and down and 2) to make the operation easier once the sheep are in. 

A couple of new ideas this year have made the setting up easier.

  • Several tonnes of extra chalk helped level the sheds' floors
  • New concrete wall sections have made the shed sides sheep proof
  • And the temporary snow fence used to section off the main sheep yards no longer sags. Ewes will not escape now. 

The snowfence has been strengthened by adding wire cable at the top, and using a ratchet to keep the fence taut, plus a screw fixing at one end to tighten the wire cable. It's super taut now. The only downside is we lambers can't take a shortcut and hop over the fence anymore either!

 

So with the new level floor and fencing, and with all metal gates and hurdles mended, it should only take a couple hours next year to fit out the housing yards for 1000 pregnant ewes. 

The next set of tweeks to work on are for the 100+ individual pens we need to house the mothers and newborns. 

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