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Building Fence

My usual blogs are nostalgic … this one is too, but just a bit.

My husband and I have charged ourselves with enclosing the three acres surrounding our new home. Important for a couple reasons: to contain the two beautiful beasts of canine companions I talk to while he goes off to work during the week, and second, to eventually house my dapple grey gelding (currently frolicking on my parents’ property and most likely enjoying the lack of lope circles and lead change practice).

What caught my fancy, as we sketched out drawings, trudged through pasture to measure dimensions, and laughed at ourselves as we said, “Can’t believe this home and connecting property is ours!” is how important building fence can be to a family. While our fence is small compared with the number farmers and ranchers that grew the majority of products in our well-stocked refrigerator, a lot goes on while building fence.



You have the occasional spats of, “Well, I grew up using fence clips and stretching wire this way,” and “Well I was thinking of doing this at this corner and then this other way at the next corner,” types of conversations.

You have the laughs while gloves and jackets get hung up on barbs when trying to roll out new fence.

You have the heartache in realizing the budget won’t let the next piece be added on until next month, or maybe the next month.

Then you have the happy tears. Because building fence takes a team and for a young couple employed by contemporary agriculture, building a new start on life together is quite the journey.

Blessings to those who built the miles of fence as they settled this great nation. And more so, blessings to those whose fences are home to the bounty of our nation’s back bone.


Megan Silcott is ILF’s President. She doesn’t let fences constrain her passion for farmers and ranchers. She wants to hear your voice.

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