Posted 08-14-2001 at 08:05:46
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Thanks for the prompt reply and the info. I had heard about training animals to be aware of the elec. wire/fence but was not certain as to how to go about this. Now I know.
I am debating how I will fence to protect the ponds. The easiest (but most costly) would be to have a separate solar charger surrounding each pond (I already have 2 - would need to purchase a 3rd). Or I could split the property roughly in 1/2 (10+ acres) running the tape/wire from the top of the property to the bottom with the ponds on on side of the fence and the grazing area on the other. In theory each solar charger will allow you to fence off 10 acres but I have never tried this (I usually fence off about 5 when cross fencing pasture for my horses).
Not familiar with a "floating water area" and would be interested in any info. that you could e-mail on this. Getting water to the cattle presents interesting problems/possible solutions. I have irrigation water rights (17 miners inches) and had planned on using this water for the cattle. This water enters my property at the top (west) via a trench that runs east down to the upper pond. I also had a trench that runs north - south keyed in to the trench that feeds this upper pond so that I could install a canvas dam when I wanted to irrigate the other sides of the property. The question is how can I get this water up out of the trench and into a holding tank/stock tank so that the cattle can drink? Perhaps the floating water area via the pond would be the way to go. Any advice would be appreciated. AJ
PS: It took me years to find this property but the wait was worth it. 8 miles outside of Red Lodge, MT/Beartooth Highway, about a mile from the base of the Beartooth Mountains, 180' views of the Beartooths, Crazy Mountains, it is awesome. Hope to retire here someday.