It pains me to see trees uprooted and bulldozers clearing land, but sometimes it has to be. The area behind our pond had been so densely overgrown in the past 25 years that we had no fence back there. Never needed one. The sheep didn't venture back there -- it was marshy with nothing easy to graze.
But then came the drought of 2012. Our pasture dried up and the ewes went searching for green last week, walking through the dry underbrush behind the pond (no marsh this year) and up into a new housing development. They found a backyard that had been well watered and set up camp. We got them back in, locked them in a smaller paddock near the barn, and called Vanderpool Construction. Bring the dozers.
I took these photos at dusk last night. In the second one you can see the overflow pipe from the pond. Dry as a bone. This is the year to clear brush and build fence.