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Must Have Farming Essentials

This is a contributed story by Axle Boris, Founder of Fence Fast LTD.

As we all know, farming is a constant struggle to do more with less. To be able to produce more on your farm with less financial and human resources is the first step. There are lots of “usual” pieces of machinery and equipment on most farms and it makes sense that you might want some of those things as well as some new ideas for those things.

There is a lot of information about farming on the internet. However, there are so many opinions thrown around that it can be hard to tell what’s good for your farm and what’s not. The shear decision of which machinery to purchase can be dizzying. No matter how you come to your choices, I hope that this article will help you narrow down on the best machinery for your farm.

Basic Farming Tools

Scissors, small saws, bucket fillers, wheelbarrows and shovels are just a few of the items that will be used frequently when starting your farm or homestead. These tools will be heavily used. It’s important to invest in good brands that will last you a long time. Some of these basic farming tools can make your job easier and make working on your farm more efficient.

These are the types of things that every farmer needs on their farm. They need to find themselves some quality tools that will last them a lifetime. While they’re at it, they need to find an affordable solution that allows them to save money while they buy farming supplies. This is where the Internet comes in handy, because there are usually great deals for these items on websites like eBay. These particular tools can cost hundreds of dollars new, so you just have to wait until the right time to buy it.

Skid Steer Solutions

Ever thought of skid steer solutions for small farms? Look for  the best skid steer attachments for compact tractors, including box blade plow conversions and other farming skid steer attachment ideas.

Small farms are gaining popularity in the US. These small scale agricultural operations work to bring fresh produce to smaller communities that usually don’t have access to natural food stores. This is an example of an entrepreneur taking advantage of the entrepreneurial business opportunities provided by affordable equipment like skid steers, compact tractors, wheel loaders, telehandlers and more.

Electric Fence

While installing an electric fence as a temporary fence is quicker, a stronger more permanent fence around the boundary is essential.

Having a permanent fence will ensure that even if your internal electric fence breaks, your cattle will remain on your land. Barbed wire at least five strands are required for cattle. Animal mesh can be utilized as well, specifically, if you have goats or sheep, although bear in mind that cattle can climb over mesh by walking on each layer and gradually bringing it down.

End assemblies at each corner, strainer posts every few hundred meters, and sturdy posts to support the wires every few meters are the basic components of a fence. Wood or steel can both be utilized to construct fence posts. The former being the inexpensive way to build a fence.

End assemblies maintain the wire tension between the paddock’s corners and the strainer posts. It can also be utilized on both sides of a gate. The corner post or gate post must be braced with an end assembly so that it does not slide under the tension applied to the wire. The most popular options are to brace a post with a diagonal stay or to brace two posts with a cap rail between them.

The stay is the most straightforward way, as it does not need drilling holes in the posts. Steel posts with a rail bolted or welded between them can also be used to create a steel end assembly. Experts also created hybrid systems that combine timber poles with steel rails that are welded together. Steel systems with stays or cap rails can also be bought prefabricated.

Fancy constructing a Fence? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Prepare the required materials including the strainer posts, end assemblies, posts, and wire
  • Clear the ideal fence line of small trees, debris, and other hindrances
  • Install the end assemblies and strainer posts along the ideal fence line
  • Make the top wire a bit lose between end assemblies and strainer posts
  • Install the first wire to the intermediate posts
  • Make sure to add tension wires, complete a wire on each side of the strainer post before moving to the next level, this will ensure that the tension on each side is equal.
  • In using steel posts, tie the wire to each post using small lengths of wire (Note you may need to undo these in future, so only use the minimum of twists to secure the wire). For wooden posts, the wire goes through holes drilled in each post.

As the wire extends and the posts move over time, fences must be checked and re-stretched to maintain the tension between the posts. As posts rust, are attacked by termites, or rot, they will eventually need to be replaced. When a wire breaks, it can be connected, but at a certain point in time be needed to be replaced.

Compact Tractors

Farming can be hard work; it doesn’t make sense to make it more difficult than it needs to be, and that is where a compact tractor comes into play. These machines are known for making the workload far simpler and easier, and having these on hand is a no-brainer – they’re almost like gold for a farm.

Takeaway

I’ll admit, there is a hefty amount of farming equipment out there to take in. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with the basics. Now, if you’re happily getting your hands dirty with tractors and ploughs, your equipment needs will probably need to differ from that of say, an arable farmer. The latter’s concerns lie less with tractors and more with land preparation, fertilizers/chemicals and irrigation systems. Most of these items are seasonal; for instance, very few people buy ploughs in winter. Even if you’re set on what kind of farming business you would like to start up, there are still a few pieces of farming equipment that pretty much every farmers should have!

About the Author Axle Boris

Axle Boris the founder and President of FenceFast Ltd grew up on a cattle ranch in British Columbia’s Northern Interior. After having spent several summers working for his father custom fencing as a youth years later in 1998 he started AB Custom Fencing in the BC interior. Being impressed with how electric fences consistently kept out a wide variety of animals and were a cost-effective option for customers; Axle became a dealer for Gallagher Animal Management in 2000. Since then AB Custom Fencing has become an industry leader specializing in Livestock, Wildlife, Bear, and Predator Management permanent and portable fence structures.

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