It appears that some of the trees on the property we are buying (offered to buy?) are large and strong enough to hold up a fence line. Has anybody ever used natural growth as fence post? Not for the whole thing, but just as support? I've seen it done for temporary fencing, but not permanent lines. Or would I be better off just going ahead and putting up Tpost for the whole thing in the beginning and be done with it? Sounds like a stupid question, but I am curious because we've never had that option here. (dont' have any natural trees, just ornimentals) Also, how good is the nylon type wire strand for cattle? I've never used it but have seen it used for horses so I'm wondering if I should give it a try or go straight to wire. Of course the cost is going to be a consideration as well. Also, I'm planning on getting a steer as soon as possible to finish off for the freezer by fall. I'm sure I can come up with shelter from the rain fairly easy and it'll be relatively short term so that shouldn't be too difficult. But, I really need to come up with a plan for a small barn or shelter for a family cow rather quickly. My Realtor talked to somebody interested in selling to me when we get up there. He and his wife are also wanting raw milk, home made butter and cheese but they don't have the time or desire to take care of, and milk a cow themselves. We are talking about a cow share arrangement of some sort (because selling raw dairy off the farm in WA is illegal) and I think they are more excited about it then I am. I was going to wait until spring before buying a family cow, but this fell into my lap and I don't think I want to pass it up if I find one that I like and can work out a price. Of course, I have to still see exactly what's being offered, but so far it sounds good. I just dont' want to have a cow die on me with pnemonia or something because I didn't have good enough shelter in the winter. Any ideas? Words of wisdom?