Creepy, yes, but not ghosts or goblins. I’m talking about creeps for small animals. We primarily fence for the larger livestock. The smaller animals stick with the herds for the most part, never wandering too far. Where we set the bottom wire a little high like this the piglets creep under to feed in advance of the main herd. This gives them first choice on the most digestible pasture forages. Later the bigger animals follow and mow down the pasture before we move them on in the rotation.
Where we don’t want piglets creeping we set the wire lower and then they stick to the designated areas. The rule of thumb is to put a wire at low walking and high walking nose levels. With many sizes of pigs in the same herd we add a third wire so as to cover the range from the smallest to the largest. The big ones can jump a fence but they don’t unless there is some really good reason like a sexy lady on the other side. Since the boars are in with their sows this reduces that pressure.
Today Ben and I worked on laying in the pink foam that will hold the concrete ceiling of the lower Abattoir which is also the floor of the Abattoir loft. This is, shockingly, a flat ceiling! Yowsa! I was thinking about what mathematical function to use for this ceiling and I realized I have never done a flat ceiling. Barrel vaults, Roman arches, various catenary arches, jack arches, but never flat! So, we’re doing a flat ceiling just so we can say, yes, we can do more than elegant arches. And the arches through out the building really are very elegant. Holly was just saying the other day how they make the spaces feel so much more interesting instead of being mere boxes.
But, you know how I am, I can’t resist, so the western edge of the loft will be a Bezier Curve, just to make it a little more challenging. Oh, and that curve does have a function, besides the mathematical function. The shape of the curve optimizes the usage of the upstairs and downstairs positive and negative spaces so that the carcasses slide through the air with the greatest of ease, most efficiently using the space while also giving us an high area to be able to reach the upper points of the hocks on very large boars, bulls and such as well as giving us a third mechanical closet in the loft.
Holly saw my drawing of the Bezier Curve and said, “Oh, it makes the kill floor into a Ying-Yang!” Modern meets ancient.
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