The question is…

Decided to scrap my other attempts at  “What have I learned the past several weeks” and come at it from a different angle.  🙂


This is all farm related stuff I’ve learned as a direct result of the current situation.

(The farm related markets have collapsed, so pork prices to the farmer have collapsed…which prompted us to get back into feeding pigs short term.)

#1  I learned yesterday, my electric fence in the pig yard really works.


Yep, it got my attention.

As I was stepping over the hog panel (to check and make sure their waterer was working),  the panel touched the “hot wire.”   Ever done that?  Ever come in contact with an electric fence?

It felt like someone smacked me on the back of the neck with a 2 by 4.


(Maybe someone with an electrical background can tell me how that all works?  Why did I feel felt it in the base of my skull?

I’m guessing it has something to do with the electrical current traveling up my spine?  😦

The fencer is a good one.  It is rated to  handle 50 miles of fence, and I’m only asking it to guard 200 feet.


Also related to the current situation…

#2 I had to fire up the walk in cooler…

I learned our walk-in cooler, (that we use for apples),  really comes in handy for hanging meat.


#3 I’m still learning that not everyone winds up unemployed during a world wide crisis.  My work schedule continues to fill.

Some people still have money to spend.

As of this morning, I am booked  well into July.   There is no danger of a  corporate suit, in another state, pulling the plug on my job, and for that I am uber thankful!



#4  I learned the little wild creatures that live on my property, love morel mushrooms as much as we do.  And you know what, I’m OK with that.   I’ve learned not to leave a small mushroom in the ground, with the intention of coming back later to see if it will keep growing.

It doesn’t work that way.

It won’t be there later.

Take Care! DM


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22 Responses to The question is…

  1. I’m sorry about your contact with the fence. Glad you are ok. I asked Ben and he wasn’t sure why you felt whacked in the back of the head, but yes he has made contact with an electric fence.

    So glad the pigs get the grocery store leftovers. I had a neighbor who did the same for their 90 chickens. Great eggs, big yellow yokes. I’m the summer she ground up carrots in the food grinder and froze the carrot mash on a big block and on a hot day put it out for the chickens. Well, and they also had a mister going.

  2. pkadams says:

    Ouch! Glad you weren’t hurt worse. I love that you are getting those scraps! Question: do your pigs stink badly?

  3. Moving the goal posts Doug? Mm.
    Come on, we told, your turn!.

    • DM says:

      But all of these points except the last one, are related to the current mess. Plus I would pretty much just be echoing what every body else has said, but more articulately 🙂

  4. Deb says:

    I have no idea on the fence electrocution Doug, but I’m going to partially make up an answer for you based on my limited knowledge of anatomy: Base of your skull contains the brain stem, most primitive part of the brain and the last part to go as you leave this earth. I believe it also is a known area for pain reception and processing for the rest of the brain so I think you’re on to something with the idea of spinal cord conducting pain stimulus right up to your head. Maybe you need to adjust the juice level on that equipment since you’re covering a smaller area? You might come out to the smell of bacon one day if the pigs get too close 😉

    • DM says:

      Yea, I wish I could dial that thing down, but it doesn’t have that ability. It’s the only one I have. First day in the pen, I heard the pigs squeal a couple of times when they encountered that wire. They are over 400 pounds and it takes a strong fence to keep pigs in. They are hard on things. I love the smell of bacon 🙂

  5. valbjerke says:

    I always get the hubby to check the electric fence around my bee yard 😂
    Your ‘50 mile’ cow fencer is likely too much fir 200 feet.
    Whatever part of you came into contact with the fence – electricity travels trough you and back to the ground (it would have stopped at your head and headed back down your spine and out through your foot). It looks for the path of least resistance to the ground.

    • DM says:

      Makes sense to me. You probably need a fence to keep the bears out? Does it work or do they still get through once in a while?

      • valbjerke says:

        So far no….but a friend watched a bear ‘lift’ the hot wire on his fence, turn and back under butt first, let go of the wire and proceed to knock over a hive and eat the contents 😁Yes the fence was working….it was a determined bear.

      • DM says:

        Bears sound as crafty/ smart as a raccoon.

  6. Jane Fritz says:

    You had quite the learning week, DM. I’m certainly glad that most of it was more positive than your interaction with your electric fence. I agree that you undoubtedly need to crank down your power for such a short perimeter. We used electric fencing for our animals back in the day, and would definitely be “reminded” if we were too cavalier in crawling under.

    The first and only time we agree to let our 7-year old son (turning 49 today!) sit on our big mare, Daisy managed to touch her wet nose on the fence, rear up, and throw off said son, resulting in a broken arm and hence no swimming for 6 cast-filled weeks of our short summer. Moral of the story: treat electric fences with great respect!

  7. Susan says:

    I really enjoyed this! Your life is so different than mine! I guess that electric fence is like touching the defibrillator paddles before they reach the patient’s chest!

    • DM says:

      Have you ever gotten zapped by the paddles? I think it is fascinating, there is an electrical component to our bodies.

      • Susan says:

        No…but everyone gets real quiet when told ” clear” which means stand back and hands off the patient. so you hear a faint buzz of the paddles being on… creepy, and morbid for me to say, but exciting, because the paddles always do what we need!

      • DM says:

        Oh, I get it. the sound of raw electricity/ element of danger..then bam…fascinating!

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