Many of the larger animals do not respect the electric fences. This is a painfully embarrassing admission for a rotational grazing and electric fencing professional. While our limited attention has been focused on the fires in front of us, little shorts have accumulated and undermined the fence system, which the critters inevitably noticed. And shameful as it is, the cattle and pigs are about as disorganized today as ever. (A full account of their shenanigans will find its way on the blog in the coming days.) But we wouldn’t be longtime practitioners of farming at all if we couldn’t find the bright side and the forward footing! Instead of frustration, arguably a more productive feeling, instead I marvel at the millions of little things to learn about how these critters behave when they make their own decisions.
I can (and have) waxed poetic about the fine line between our needs as lords of this little world and the myriad living things in our charge. The animals already have the tools they need to live a comfortable contented life without us but I want the experience of cohabitation with and ultimately eating them to be as pleasurable as possible. With patience, we find these goals are complementary and brimming with great potential for collaboration between the farmer and the farmed. But enough poetry! There are cattle in the yard, pigs in the pond, and fences to fix. So many fences.