In my line of work, I put up and take down a lot of electric fence. We use Electro-Net from Premier 1 Supplies - these are 164-foot rolls of electrified netting with integrated fence posts. With 16 of these nets, I can fence a 10-acre pasture in several hours. I've been using this fencing long enough to become fairly efficient at putting it up and taking it down - or so I thought!
I'm currently working with Prescriptive Livestock Services, an Oregon-based company, to manage a large targeted grazing project in Lincoln, California. At the moment, I'm overseeing the management of around 2,300 goats and 1,600 sheep - all within the Lincoln city limits. The day-to-day work is being done by a group of incredibly efficient and hard working herders - all of whom are from Peru.
On Monday, I helped DiDi Camayo, who is taking care of most of the goats, set up Electro-Net. I thought I was fast, but DiDi is amazing! Watching DiDi, I realized I could be more efficient in my work!
Setting up a large paddock is inherently inefficient - at some point, I have to walk back to my starting point and carry more rolls of fencing to the opposite side of the paddock. DiDi has obviously thought about this - his approach starts when he picks up fencing. Because of this, he can set out one roll of fencing while carrying a second roll. His approach cuts the time required to set up a new paddock nearly in half.
Yesterday, I started using DiDi's technique - it works! I can learn new tricks! When I'm working with apprentices or friends, I usually compare my efficiency with their's. I'm almost always faster! Working with DiDi, however, I was humbled. I guess we can always learn from others!