Fence Deep Snow Pack

Snow Deep Fence

Theoretically it is spring but we still have a lot of snow. The fence in the photo above is almost 4′ tall – in the summer. Right now it is about 1′ high. Pigs have recently been simply stepping over the fence as you can see from the new trail along their short cut.

The snow pack is so hard that it has no trouble supporting the pointy hooves of 600 pound sows. I figure that’s means the snow is at least 75 psi which is twice the compressive strength of pink foam. No snowshoes needed for my big booted feet nor those of dancing shoe shod sows.

I am not sure what our cumulative snow fall for this year is but it is probably about eight to ten feet. Snow falls all fluffy and light but within a couple of days, sometimes just hours, compresses down in volume. As more snow falls on top of that it gets denser still. The depth we’ve gotten this year is now compressed to a hard pack that is easy to walk on and only about 45″ where it has had no traffic.

Much of the melting action happens from below. We have little to no frost depth in the ground. If we burnt more wood we could spread the ash on the top of the snow to change the albedo which helps to clear our fields a month earlier.

Yesterday and today have been very windy. That generally means a change of weather is coming. Perhaps this cold spell will blow away.

Outdoors: 24°F/-4°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F

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5 Responses to Fence Deep Snow Pack

  1. JessicaR says:

    Love the new header with the piglet and dog sleeping together!

  2. Sal says:

    Looks more like the dog is taking care of diaper duty to me…

    • They do that, although in this particular case Katya was simply resting in that position. Interestingly, that is something that dogs and cats do for their offspring but pigs do not do. Pigs basically do next to nothing for their young. The sows make a nest, lay still, give birth, lay still and act as a milk bar, feeds herself but will steal food from the mouths of the piglets. She will protect them, if they’re within five to ten feet or so of her, but not much further. They have very different strategies for child rearing.

  3. Nic says:

    Ugg, I have the same problem but using electric fencing, it gets buried, shorts out, and I’m running out of pole height to stay above the snow line, including shovelling it out…..I stand prob 3ft above ground now at our feeding spot. What are your plans for next year? Are you going to try something new? I can’t have them leaving their area, my neighbors even called the cops when they wandered next door…. :(

    • In this case it doesn’t really matter but if we wanted them to continue observing the force of the fence we would simply put on a higher hot wire over the top. There are other areas where we did that. Very effective. Snow pack is just something we live with in northern climates. It’s life. Here is a photo from another year. Some years the fences vanish all together.

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