We've finally started work on our newest pasture. This particular pasture is about 2/3 of a mile down the road...not far at all. We've finally "tamed" the pasture that we acquired laste year--meaning all of the invasive trees have been cut back and we're starting to get the grasses to fill in. This first pasture had not been tended to in years and needed alot of work.
Our newest pasture, however, is in GREAT shape and is ready for the cattle as soon as the cattle are ready to range (and once the fencing is finished).
The landowner of the new field has allowed us use of his 29 HP New Holland tractor complete with brush-hog and post-hole digger attachments. First we mowed down some of the field to make space to work. Then we attached the post-hole digger, drilled some holes, and set the corner posts. The next job was to mark out the location for the rest of the posts on each side. Some rebar and surveying tape worked nicely.
The attachment worked better than we imagined! It took only a couple of minutes to line-up and then drill each hole. We hit very few rocks, maybe 4 all day. Great soil!
We were able to get down about 4 feet for each hole! Now I can do this with a shovel, but not THAT fast! Check out all the "Danger" labels on this thing!
Corner post one. Barely had to use that shovel off to the left. A little "tamping" with the 2 x 4 and it's all set.
Being used to a 1963 Farmall Cub, this "new" tractor was a completely different machine. I think that I could turn a complete circle atop a postage stamp with this thing! Amazing control, both forward and back as well as steering.
Drop the three-point hitch, bring up the throttle, and then a touch of down pressure...
Still lots more to do, but we're off to a good start. It's been a full few weeks, with field clearing, harvesting chickens, and building chicken coops for customers, but we're on our way to some new farm land!