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Wire is waiting

These coils of Waratah Stockgrip are lined up, waiting. I’ll get to them soon!

Sunset on the fence line

I seem to take plenty of sunset and sunrise photos, might have something to do with early starts and late finishes on the fence line. Either way, it’s always a pretty good start and end to the day and I don’t think you can beat an outback sunset or sunrise.

grading fenceline

Getting ready for the next run

Looking forward to getting stuck into the next section – looks like a smooth run thanks to our top grader operators. The better the preparation, the easier the fencing job. Love these long straight runs.

exclusion fence, outback

The end

Was great to finish off another long run at the end of the day. A few challenges in this exclusion fence with sandhills and deep gutters on the harder ridges. Not to mention numerous frosty starts. But winter days in the Queensland outback are pretty good going, wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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Camp oven fence cut-out

Decided to treat the team after finishing a long run of exclusion fence with a camp oven cut-out. One of the best parts about working in the Australian outback is the lifestyle. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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Dust storm

Not the best day for fencing in southwest Queensland. Okay in the Cruiser cab though! It wasn’t the worst dust storm I’ve seen but I still decided to stay close to the shed and do maintenance for most of the day.

ag fencing

A break from fencing photos

To give you a bit of a break from photos of ag fences, here’s one of an outback sunset. These big skies put on a spectacular show every evening and although the photos never seem to be able to capture them as well as what they are in real life, this photo is still pretty good and is one of my favourites.

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Big Boy wire wagon

This is my Big Boy wire wagon. It makes the fencing job a whole lot quicker with these 300 kilogram rolls of Waratah pre-fab wire. Still on the wild dog fence in South West Queensland and enjoying being back in my old stomping ground.  How about those big skies!

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Wild dogs

There are plenty of wild dogs around, and I came across these prints when I arrived at the fencing site. It’s a good feeling to be able to fence these out. Below is an extract from the Queensland Country Life about a cluster project near Charleville.

Neebine cluster enlist Dingo Dan to kill wild dogs

WELCOME to south west Queensland, where even the dirtiest stripes get hung out to dry. This quintessential Aussie display currently sits on the 30,350 hectare property, Dingwall, owned by John Frith and situated 150km south east of Charleville.

Dingwall was one of seven properties part of the Neebine cluster which totalled 200,000 hectares and is now protected by exclusion fencing finished two and a half months ago. Upon completion the cluster enlisted the services of dog trapper Don Sallway, aka Dingo Don, who at last count had 115 scalps hanging from the clothes line…  READ ON

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Gates are up

I managed to get these double gates swung before dark.

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Dry argument

This little bloke has to go a long way before he comes across a gap in this fence to find his next drink. I reckon he’ll be at it all day.

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Fencing machinery

Everyone likes to look at a bit of fencing machinery and equipment don’t they? Even if it is covered in a bit of red dust.

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Another fence photo

It’s a good feeling to look back along the fence line and see your progress. The wild dogs and the kangaroos are going to have a hard time penetrating this exclusion fence, and it will keep the stock in for many years to come.

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Dust storms on the fence line

We’re getting our fair share of dust storms on the fence line. You can see them coming and once they hit visibility is a little challenging. Looks like these gates are going to have to wait for tomorrow.

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Outback brolgas

I’ve got a pair of brolgas who come in every night to my base camp. At certain times a few extras fly in as well. It’s not a bad way to end the day’s fencing in the Australian outback.

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Fencing progress

The fencing material stockpile at this base camp is nearly done. Am a fair few kilometres into this fence but I haven’t scratched the surface yet. Being a man of few words I’m not one for writing long blog posts but I hope you are enjoying my outback fencing photos.

grading the fence line

Grading the fence line

This fence’s end assembly has done its job. Out with the old, in with the new as the grader gets things ready for us to start on the next section.

JTL rural fencing

Straight lines

Neat and straight. Just how I like it to be with JTL Rural Fencing fences.

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Steel strain post

One of many 7-inch bore stem posts for this wild dog fence.  I had to take a photo at this particular spot because it was some of the hardest ground I’d had to drive one of these fence posts into. But they all go in eventually if you hit them enough times.

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New cluster fence

In the evening light we do final preparations for a new cluster fencing project in South West Queensland. Wild dogs continue to be a big problem for graziers but an added problem is kangaroos. They are in plague proportions in many areas and eat valuable stock feed. Controlled culling is not enough, and cluster fencing projects like this one are addressing the issue head on.