Coming into summer, it’s a great time to repair or build new fencing. Clayton Station are doing exactly that, extending the area fenced for deer farming and fixing up some of the 410 hectares already fenced for their deer.
This time, Hamish and the Clayton Station team are installing metal fencing as it is more cost efficient, lasts longer, and from distance, doesn’t actually look like there’s any fencing there. To give you an idea of the task at hand, Hamish mentioned they still have “500m of netting to currently get through.”
We took a look around the farm at some of this new fencing and the surrounding scenery.
Below is some of the new metal fencing placed overtop of some old sheep fencing - which adds extra strength and has meant that Hamish hasn’t needed to unnecessarily remove what was already there.
Hamish has used wooden posts at extended intervals between the new steel posts.
Clayton Station farm sheep and cattle alongside the deer at times so a range of fencing types is required to handle the different species in different parts of the farm. With a handful of sire bulls present on the property fencing needs to be robust and well maintained as bulls have been known to lift the gates and damage fences with their size and sheer power.
Although the deer are fenced in the blocks, these images remind us of the wide and open spaces the deer are able to enjoy on Clayton Station…
Looking back at some of the older fencing on Clayton Station
They have done a fantastic job to date and we look forward to seeing how the remaining 500 metres roll out. It is not a cheap exercise but Hamish and Anna are passionate and committed to the future of the deer industry and see it as a worthwhile long term investment.