Barb Wire Trolley

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I made a big deal about being involved in the development of the latest wire spinner from Fencestay in this week’s video. It worked like this; I got to use a prototype wire trolley for a couple of months, complain about it like a whinger and then Steve (Fencestay) did all the work to fix the issues. Lovely. Aside from … Read More

Rural Mental Health and TradeMutt

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A company taking action. Regional and remote mental health is a big issue in many countries and none less than in Australia. There is a 20% greater need for services in rural and remote areas and yet access to trained psychologists and psychiatrists falls well below that of those in cities. This is for a range of reasons: politics, facilities, … Read More

Fenceline Strainers – A Game Changer?

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Fenceline Solutions Wire Strainers

There is an old saying that “There is nothing new under the sun” and while I don’t completely prescribe to this, certainly most tools we use are a natural development of an existing tool. Every now and then though, one comes along with enough new ideas and innovation to completely revolutionise a tool. The Fenceline strainer is a game changer. … Read More

All Steel Fence Using Only Hand Tools

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Fencestay End Assembly Showing a Whites Ballimore Gate

Want an all steel farm fence option that requires no welding or special tools? This week’s video might be the setup you’ve been looking for. The FenceStay end assembly by Trigger Engineering gets a workout this week as I try a new method of steel fencing with no special tools or skills required. While straining StiffStay mesh in 8X15X900 to … Read More

Fencing Off and Protecting Waterways

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How and Where? This week’s video follows Alan Upton as he fences off a riparian section along the creek that runs through his farm. Alan’s reasoning was simple. When you compare his side of the fence with his neighbour’s property, both running cattle, the difference is stark. Alan’s property, fenced off into rotationally grazed and fodder paddocks, with the creek … Read More

Fencing and Managing Your Soils

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Fencing descisions help whole farm planning and soils management

Before you get out there and start planning your fences, find out what they are going to do. Remember, fences are a 20-30 year investment, so get it right and your land will thank you with wonderful bounty for years to come. Get it wrong, and you will be forever chasing your tail and fixing problems you never needed have.

Is There an “Ultimate” Farm Fence?

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Stiff Stay Horse Mesh

Well, in short, no. But there are a lot of ways to make a mistake when you first construct your fence that cost time, money and even worse stock losses and injury. This week’s video, supported by Whites Rural, looks at some options out there for your farm fence planning. The only thing worse than paying too much for your … Read More

Are Woodshield Posts the End of CCA?

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Recently an innovative Australian company Woodshield, gave me some posts to play around with. Promising to do away with CCA posts and the environmental issues surrounding the use of heavy metals in agricultural trellising and fencing. I was excited to try them out. I had some reservations, mainly the water proof quality of the posts when fixings were added and … Read More

Pressing Wine

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Wine made over a decade ago with friends. A chilly night in May was the perfect opportunity to reflect on the labours of this year’s harvest while relishing the memories of vintages past. This week I completed the initial winemaking process and pressed the fermented wine off the skins. After 9 days of ferment the wine was reading 0 degrees … Read More

Harvesting Grapes from a Small Vineyard to Make Wine

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This week’s video sees me back to the vineyard finishing off the season’s work. Vintage, the time we harvest the grapes is like a long sigh of relief. The ups and downs of the season, hard work and many a sleepless night worrying about weather and pests culminate in a day of activity that ends in a sticky sweet juice … Read More

Fencestay Review

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Fence Stay - Trigger Engineering

This week’s (and my first) blog post is about the product review video I am premiering this week on the channel. Fencestay is an Australian-made product that allows you to use the venerable star-picket as fence ends. I hope you like the review. So I am a bit like most of you out there I suppose and guilty of shortcuts … Read More