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Pick Your New Fence With Care!

 

The first consideration in deciding the best fence is the purpose for which it will be used.

Livestock protection and confinement are the main reasons for considering fencing, but the

fencing needs for various types (species, age, breed, production system) of livestock vary widely.

 


Cattle
Most types of fence can be used with cattle, so most cattle producers assess factors such as expense, ease of construction and expected life of the fence when considering fencing strategy. In the past, woven wire and barbed wire were the most common fence types; however, high-tensile fencing is rapidly gaining popularity.
Fence height for perimeter cattle fences should be a minimum of 54 inches. When bulls are penned separately from cows, special attention must be paid to construction. Heavy posts with thick-gauge wire or cables are required, or electric fence may be effectively used. Fences for handling facilities must be strong enough to withstand heavy usage, tall enough (60 inches minimum) to prevent escape, and clearly visible. Treated wood or heavy wire panel fences are preferred.
 
Sheep
 
Fences for sheep do not have to be as tall as for cattle, but sheep have other special requirements. Predator control is more important. Electric fences are particularly useful for discouraging  predators such as dogs and coyotes. Barbed wire is not as effective with sheep, as the barbs end to become covered with wool.




  • Ranch fences
  • Barbed wire fencing (Wood or metal braces)
  • Buck and pole fences
  • Pipe fences + corrals
  • 8-foot game fences
  • Chain link fences
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