Electricity supply still a hot topic but weight gain figures are more worrying
Published 31/10/2012 | 06:00
Even though it affects every part of our lives, a constant supply of electricity is something we take for granted. We also tend to forget what a huge amount of maintenance is required to ensure that every time we switch on an appliance, it will actually work.
A recent visit by ESB crews to my farm to carry out maintenance work and replace a pole really opened my eyes to the never ending job of ensuring our supply of electricity.
What I found really amazing was that when the lines were being attached to the new pole, this was done without actually turning off the electric current.
Of course, like the mains power lines which cross most of our farms, electric fence lines also need maintaining.
I find that this year, because of the serious growth of briars and other bushes, this job is proving quite difficult.
What made my job far more complicated was that I failed to notice that part of the wire fencing on top of the pond, which I had cleaned out two years ago, had sagged and was submerged in the water.
The fact that the fence still worked and continued to prevent cattle from mixing -- even though part of it was submerged in the water -- is testament to the quality of the fencing which is more than 30 years old.
I thought it very expensive at the time but, in hindsight, this fence has proven to be a very good investment indeed.