Farmers up this way seem just a little more laconic than others I've met in my travels.
When arriving on-farm and meeting the farmer for the first time, it's best to shot-the-breeze for a bit. Not rush things. Let him set the pace. So after a bit of to-and-fro, we ask if he has a lot of fences burnt and needing replacement? I got a shipment in he says as we drive to where the wire and posts are stored. Far out! That's going to take some doing! Yep about 17km in all he says. Next question, what is the terrain like? Yep, a bit up and down in places. Nice NOT!
But hey if we weren't doing this we would be going something else. Probably something a bit easier *me thinks* but whatever and we make a start.