Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tensioning High Tensile Wire

Part of the beauty of Class III, 12.5 gauge high tensile (HT) smooth wire is its ability to stretch while maintaining a tension memory. By that I mean that it can stretch but will return to its initial tension after … Continue reading

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2010 American Forage and Grassland Council in Springfield, MO

I’m lap topping for a few days this week, from the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, MO. Missouri is the host state this year for the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Annual Conference. Glenn Spencer and I are running a … Continue reading

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What Does It Cost to Run a Fence Charger?


Over the years many people have asked me – how much is it going to cost to run my fence charger? I usually respond that it will be “pennies per month”, but this is pretty easy to compute yourself. The … Continue reading

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Learning How to Use a Fence Tester

All fences require routine maintenance. I guess that’s a pretty bold statement coming from an ol’ fence guy, but truthfully correct. I don’t care if you are talking about barb wire, electric, board or pipe fences – they will all … Continue reading

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Controlling Musk Thistles with Weevils

I used to spend a large part of May and June digging thistles, mowing thistles and worrying about the thistles I wasn’t digging or mowing. Now that a musk thistle weevil population has been established on our farm, that worry … Continue reading

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A Trip to Grady Ranch in Gallatin, Missouri

I had an opportunity a couple of weeks ago to meet up with Glenn Spencer, our sales manager, at the Grady Ranch on Highway 6 in northern Missouri. It was one of those picture perfect sunny days after some healthy … Continue reading

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