5 Common Fencing Injuries and How to Avoid Them

As winter arrives and many farmers take to the fields to mend fences, Agridirect.ie discusses key fencing-safety precautions.

Winter farm maintenance

Generally speaking, winter isn’t a time when we feel like doing a lot of farm maintenance. Throughout the season, Ireland tends to get a battering from strong Atlantic winds and heavy rain – and let’s not even talk about the constant threat of hail or snow. So when we have a free minute, we would probably prefer to spend it indoors, sitting by the fire with a mug of tea and a newspaper.

However, some farmers see winter as a chance to do a lot of farm maintenance work that they mightn’t have time to do in the spring. They are a rare breed, to be sure, but they do exist. I know one or two lads who can’t sit still for 5 minutes and have to be outside, no matter what conditions are like on the land. They spend a good part of the winter months trudging through mud in the lashing rain, mending broken fences and erecting new ones.

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