Well when we purchased the property four years ago the
fences were in a very very poor condition. They’d kind of been held together
with bailing twine and prayers. And we knew we needed help and we were trying to
figure out the best way to be able to afford everything that needed to be done.
I had a friend that was working at the time for NRCS and she was the one who
told me about the program.
We applied in the fall, which wasn’t a time we were going
to be working on the fencing anyways, so we got all the applications done in the
fall. And by that first spring we were ready to go. It was such a big project it
was broken up into 14 separate projects and the fencing and the waterers were
all different projects. The idea for us was to finish one project at a time. As
far as the fencing went, because the contract concerned perimeter fencing we
broke it up into two sections. So the section directly behind me we did last
summer and we just finished the other section this summer.
Danny Peet, NRCS Soil Conservationist:
Well what I saw was some eroding headcuts up into her
fields and I saw some very poor grasses in her pastures and some very poor
grasses in her hay fields. We went ahead and planned a prescribed grazing plan
for her which included fence and water tubs and pipelines. And in the process of
planning that we also know we’re going to get better grasses in her pastures
and we also know that we’re stabilizing those headcuts that were traveling up
into her pasture.
She wasn’t fully utilizing her whole pasture, now she can
and now she will. And she’ll rest some of these paddocks and some of these
better grasses will have a chance to grow.
Oh we’ve been very pleased. There is no way we could have
done this amount of work in this amount of time without the financial backing as
well as the guidance and the help to do so. They’ve done a great job with us
and I don’t know a lot about what else they do, but they’ve been absolutely
amazing with us and the difference is just incredible. It’s been a big relief
to know that the horses are going to stay in their pastures and that they’re
not going to lose shoes and pull tendons. So from that perspective it’s been
really important. On a day to day basis it’s improved everything on the farm.