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Smallholding => Techniques and skills => Topic started by: Nelson International on April 25, 2019, 11:39:39 am

Title: Stock fencing & a stream
Post by: Nelson International on April 25, 2019, 11:39:39 am
Hiya,

I've got to fix some fencing in order to bring one of my fields into the sheep grazing rotation. Most of it is fine, but there's a stream that runs through the side of the field that needs taking care of. I need to keep the sheep from wandering out of the field, but I'm concerned about a blockage picking up sticks and the like.

The stream is sunken down below the rest of the field level. So as it stands the stock fencing just runs across the stream, suspended about a meter above the bed (& the water level is never more than a few inches). A git like this:

#######################  <-- fence
 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\       /¯¯¯¯¯¯ <--field
                            \~~/ <- stream

I've tried reading a bit about this online, but some guidance from anyone with experience of this sort of thing would be very helpful and gratefully received.
Title: Re: Stock fencing & a stream
Post by: clanger on April 25, 2019, 04:08:24 pm
http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=000IL3890W.17UT31EXPM044V (http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=000IL3890W.17UT31EXPM044V)

Hope that this helps.

Chris
Title: Re: Stock fencing & a stream
Post by: william_wt on April 25, 2019, 05:53:37 pm
We have a similar stream and fixed a wooden bar across the stream at the bottom of the fence. We then nailed sheepwire to the bar so it hung feely down to a foot above the stream level. A short post was nailed to the bottom to weigh it down, but it can still move if the stream floods and debris hits it.  Its lasted 3 years so far with no escapees or flood damage.
William
Title: Re: Stock fencing & a stream
Post by: Nelson International on April 26, 2019, 07:44:56 pm
Thanks ????