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THE EARTH MOVES PART TWO – RAMPING UP

old entryA cattle ramp is the first thing you see when you enter most farms.  They’re easy to drive over, when they’re not buckled and bent by huge trucks, but they’re not always great at keeping sheep and cattle from crossing.

The old entry ramp at Esdale was particularly bad.  It was strong.  No truck could bend it, because it was made of concrete with square spaces that were supposed to be empty and frightening to a sheep.

Unfortunately, the spaces were usually filled up with gravel that washed in from the Cavan Road.  That gravel would soon grow grass, sometimes making a thicket half a metre high.

The sheep scampered across and up the road, laughing all the way. Continue reading

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THE EARTH MOVES: PART ONE

IMG_1140Months ago, we arranged for some work to be done on the access tracks on both sides of the river.

I hoped to have them done in time for tree-planting and fencing, to save us all bumping and slithering over quite so many boulders, and allowing Andrew and Frank to round up their stock in future.     It was a tricky sequence – first the earthmoving and the new cattle ramps, then the fences, then the tree-planting Continue reading