mrj wrote:Welcome to ranchersnet, TXDirt. Hope we live up to your expectations, or at least provide some information you can use.
It might help if you could tell us more about your area. Such as the climate. What are your low and high temperatures in a year, rainfall, too. You probably have a long growing season, and it is more likely shortened by lack of ran than by frost as it is here in SD. Do you have problems with high winds at certain times of year, or most of the year. Hmmmmn, that is true of SD many years. In fact, I'm not sure we have a 'normal' so far as climate is concerned.
How about some photo's of your terrain, especially that "back" part you say is impossible to fence. Unless it is very rough and rock filled, it may be more difficult than impossible. Which means I believe fencing ones property is very important! Both to protect from intruders and to protect others, and their property, especially if it is raising food crops or is nicely (and expensively!) landscaped, from whatever type of livestock you get. We who raise animals for food have to face the reality of sabotage. Not high where I live, but the threat is real and growing, from those who want all uses of animals ended, especially, and 'adventurous, and mean spirited folks' may join in. Granted, in most areas of the country, the danger of sabotage isn't terribly high, but we need to be aware of it.
Have fun learning what you want to do with the land, and also success once you know.
Thanks for the welcome.
We live in the North Central part of Texas. Which means we have the bipolar weather. There is no way to really tell what our seasons are going to do. It's typically not too windy, just breezy w/ 5-15 mph winds on a typical day. The winters typically last about 2-3 months, the springs and falls can be wet, the summers are actually not too bad except for July, August, and early September.
The main reason for not fencing in the back property is just due to owning the entire creek. The creek is half ours and half the next land owners. So fencing it in could become very political (for a lack of a better term). So we just leave well enough alone, and it's only 20 acres of what is technically flood plain and dense woods.
I'll get on google earth and get a screen shot of the overall land and post it.
Here are some pictures.
This is actually a very historic piece of land for our town, because the main road going through it used to be the old pacific santa fe rail road, and at the creek is an old iron bridge. My dad owns half and the next land owner owns half. There is also an old cotton gin and a really old horse stable at the front, but we don't count them for ranching because they are fenced in on their own along the highway.
Gotta get one in there of my cj5
My dad and I went cruising around the property last night looking at some of the barn gates and chutes that might need a little attention.
I believe this is taken from the same spot just looking a little more north.
I remember when I was younger these chutes were always painted and almost no rust