Fence options for your farm

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When it comes to the farm there are many fencing options to consider. How do you know what type of fencing to choose? First, you need to consider what your fencing needs are. Do you need to keep farm animals inside your land? Or do you want to keep animals or trespassers out? What is your budget?  Is it important for the fence to be aesthetically pleasing or does it just need to be practical? Will you have the fence installed by contractors or will you put it up yourself? Once you have decided what it is you want in mind what you can begin to narrow down your options.

Let’s consider the different types of fencing available to farm owners and operators

Wooden fencing

Traditionally wooden fencing has always been considered the best choice of fencing. Still today wooden fencing is a common go-to option. A wooden fence has a life expectancy of about twenty years. Wooden fencing is a good option for farms that hold livestock such as cattle and horses. This is because these animals are more likely to challenge the fence. Wooden fencing is a good option as it looks neat and can sustain most weather conditions. When researching various wooden options look at the various options online and what wooden fencing costs. If the wood has been correctly treated they will be very durable and will last for very long without needing to be treated again. Due to their uniformity, they are more aesthetically pleasing than other fence post styles. If properly treated and installed they make for a good fencing option. If you are not sure how to install wooden fencing, there are many DIY articles online which will give you a step to step guideline to putting up your own fence.

Woven wire

Woven wire fencing comes in various mesh opening sizes and heights.  Woven wire fencing is durable and a good option for smaller livestock. If you are keeping smaller animals such as goats or sheep it is recommended that you choose a woven wire fence with smaller openings and made of thicker wire. This will prevent the animals from putting their legs through the gaps in the fence and possibly getting hurt. This type of fencing is

Barbed wire

Barbed wire fencing consists of two strands of wire that have been twisted together, with barbs placed every three to five inches throughout the length of the fence. Barbed wire fencing is best used for large animals such as cattle or horses. Barbed wire is an inexpensive way to keep livestock from escaping but can also be very dangerous. Barbed wire should not be used for horse paddock fencing as it poses a potential threat to horses who put their heads or legs through the fence.  This often results in such severe injuries to the horse’s legs that the animal must be euthanised.

Electric fencing

Electric fencing can be used by itself or in conjunction with almost any other type of fence. Electric fencing is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. It adds to the effectiveness and long lastingness of the fence. An electric fence is made up of multiple strands of high tensile wires. It requires a fence charger, grounding rods and insulators. Once installed, the fence is easy to maintain as it durable and long lasting. It usually takes one encounter with the fence for the animal to realise that the fence is live and not to go near it. This type of fencing also stops trespassers from trying to get through.  Electric fencing can be used as a temporary fencing solution such as paddock fencing at a horse show or it can be a used as a permanent structure. Electric fences are much easier to install as compared to traditional wire type of fences. This type of fencing can also be added to other types of fencing. Electric fencing can run on top of wooden fencing to stop animals from leaning or eating over the fence. It can also be added to the bottom line on sheep farms to prevent jackals and other predators from entering.

Which ever fencing you decide to install for your farm, make sure it will suit the purpose it is set out for. Consider the durability of it, costs involved and maintenance needed on the fencing.