Now you’ve received one or more bids for your homestead fencing. The pricing might take you back a bit. The dream you thought you could afford just became unaffordable.
Whether it’s existing ranch and farm fencing on a property you are considering buying, fencing the perimeter of a new property, or cross-fencing your interior, there are some constructive perspectives and information that will help you with making fencing decisions for your ranching adventure.
Know Your Fence Law One of my favorite trite (but true) phrases! But any landowner knows that fences can make or break an operation. I would like to share a great resource (at least for *Texas* landowners). It’s called Five Strands-A Landowner’s Guide to Fences in Texas, Second Edition. This […]
Finding a homestead can be a tedious process. Having an idea of what you want and need can make it go smoother.
I shred, therefore I am. The Fat Rancher derives huge sense of self-worth shredding the back pasture. Nothing satisfies like hours bumping along obliterating the brown stuff, leaving fresh green nubs with an even pattern in your wake. Often the challenge is the repeated tractor maintenance which interrupts the shredding […]
The Fat Rancher appreciates his creature comforts. At the top of the list is the flush toilet. Prior to moving to the country, The Fat Rancher didn’t give much thought to this basic need. However, during the pre-purchase inspection of our “little slice of Texas heaven,” it became apparent that […]
The drought has returned to our neck of the world making supplemental water sources important. Interestingly, the drought boundaries are pretty granular, weaving this way and that. As it happens, The Fat Rancher’s ranch is in an area defined as “Moderate Drought.” A wildlife guzzler is (a supplemental water source […]
Tractor repair is time-consuming and costly. This sort of flotsam (which you might find in your pasture) will surely aggravate your trusty steed: Poly twine. This is the twine that is used to keep hay bales bundled up for transport. It is strong and will not disintegrate over our lifetime (maybe […]
Is it a Farm or a Ranch? Many use the terms farm and ranch interchangeably. However, there are subtle differences. Diana Eastman has a great article on just this subject on land.com. Both Farms and Ranches are typically comprised of large blocks of agricultural land. However, “large” is relative. Here […]
A Blind is a Blind The Fat Rancher isn’t a big hunter. Well, he is big; just not much of a hunter… Regardless, one of the first “installations” at The Fat Rancher’s place was a deer blind. Or is it a wildlife observation post? I’ll confess I’m just as happy […]