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Rural Skills Series – Farm Fencing for Women

July 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Fencing is one of the most critical issues on any farm or any property. Getting the right type of fencing, in the right place for the purpose you want it for can save you heartache, worry and or conflict with the neighbors. Having the knowledge, skills and confidence to build your own can save you lots of money.

Getting it right to meet your needs requires extensive knowledge and experience as there are so many things to consider with your fencing. A boundary fence is one thing, animal fencing another as different animals need different types of fencing to contain them; and fencing across waterways is a skill on its own. Knowing the best place to construct fencing on your property also requires very careful consideration. Additionally, building your own fencing further requires the right skills and confidence.

Whether you just want a boundary fence, a fence to keep in your animals, or fence across waterways, this workshop will provide you with a complete range of information for your fencing needs and the skills to build your own and or supervise someone else. We welcome both women and men on the workshop and specifically encourage women to give it a go and further enhance their abilities and confidence.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Different types of fencing for differing purposes
  • Where to locate fences on your property
  • Sourcing materials for your fencing
  • Tools materials required for the job and how to use them
  • Pros and cons of different fencing
  • Costs of differing fences and materials.
  • Timber types
  • Strainer, post and stay construction
  • Mortising stay into posts
  • Split post and star picket fencing construction
  • Mesh and wire systems
  • Electric fencing systems
  • Fencing off and across waterways
About the trainers: Sherri McMahon and Ingrid Cullen

Sherri and Ingrid PhotoSherri and Ingrid are farmers in the historic valley of St Albans. They manage their own farm business “She-Ing Farm” from which they make a livelihood and sustain themselves financially. Since purchasing their rural property in 1997, Sherri and Ingrid have subsequently regenerated the land from scratch turning it from a sandy, degenerated unproductive site to a highly productive, diverse, and sustainable property. Sherri and Ingrid built their own house, and have self developed their property into an excellent demonstration site for a productive working farm. They grow their own produce; sell produce; farm and slaughter their own livestock (including cattle, sheep and poultry); log and mill their own timber; and farm in a humane and sustainable way. They also have a successful farm maintenance business. “The Girls” as they are known in the valley are highly of other community activities. They are both extremely capable and highly skilled rural women who have extensive and in depth knowledge of all aspects of rural property management and who provide excellent leadership examples of sustainable, self-reliant and resilient living. The girls are passionate to extend and improve their property using a range of principles and techniques drawn from permaculture, organic and sustainable farming practices. They are also passionate to share the knowledge they have gained to help others find and develop sustainable farm practices.

Sherri McMahon

Sherri provides a no nonsense insight into the workings of a rural property and will help all participants understand what they need to know to run a successful rural property in a sustainable way. Sherri has a certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture from the Hunter Institute as well a several other awards and agricultural training certificates. Sherri grew up on her family’s traditional 1500 acre mixed production farm, running 200 sheep, cattle and crops in the Snowy Mountains area and was very much part of the farm team. She left the family farm to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Canberra University, and after graduation joined the Federal Police as a photographer, rising to become a senior investigator. She then travelled extensively through her work, including heading the Vulnerable Persons Unit in the UN peace-keeping mission in East Timor in 2001. She was an Australian champion in athletics and power lifting.

Ingrid Cullen

Ingrid has organic gardening genes in her DNA. She comes from a family of organic gardeners and farmers from Lorne in Northern NSW and her enormous repertoire of rural skills and knowledge are largely a product of her upbringing on the family’s diverse 100 acre farm. Ingrid went on to a Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts and has a Certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture as well as accreditation in the area of fitness, wellness, and massage. She too was a serial competitor and Australian champion in power lifting and rowing. For many years Ingrid worked as a personal fitness and wellness trainer in community gyms and not for profit organizations. She specialised in working with people with HIV-AIDS and was awarded the World AIDS Day award for her work.


July 4, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
(02) 4568 2036


gloves; decent work boots, water, hat, note book, camera
Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, course materials and a beautiful setting in which to learn