When it comes to determining what type of animal fence to use, one fence doesn’t fit all. You may need portable fence options if you plan to move your animals around. If they will all be in stationary areas, then permanent fencing is the best bet. Here are the best ways to choose the right fencing for your animals.
The primary consideration for choosing a horse fence is visibility. Your horses should be able to see the fence so they don’t run into it and become entangled or suffer injury. Woodenor vinyl post and board fences are ideal for sight lines, but they are also labor-intensive to install and expensive. These types of fences, especially the wooden variety, also require regular maintenance. Wide strand electrified polytape fencing or coated fence wire are also good for sight lines and they are lighter weight, easier to install and require much less maintenance.
Cattle also need to be able to see the fence and cattle fencing should be at least 5 feet tall to properly contain the herd. While barbed wire has been the most common choice for many years, we can now choose from other types of fences for cattle. If you are trying to keep calves in and predators out, we recommend woven wire. Finally, one of the most economical types of cattle fencing is high-tensile wire systems. We also use high-quality posts and recommend that you electrify your fence to provide a sturdy product and the best containment.
Pigs are very intelligent and they like to root. As such, you need safe and sturdy fencing, and you may need to electrify it. We like woven wire in 4 feet tall panels. These heavy-gauge wire panels stay strong when the animals run into them and they keep them safe by not allowing their heads to fit through. There are other options as well, including electrified high-tensile wire and wire netting.
Goats are curious and determined and can get through almost any fence. For sturdy, permanent and economical fencing, we prefer woven wire. You may need a goat fencing option that will allow you to rotate your grazing areas more easily. In this case, we recommend electric net fencing. The net fencing needs to be the smaller 3 ½” vertical line spacing as the larger 7” spacing would allow them to get their heads through the netting and potentially become stuck or injured. With the net fencing, the posts will be spaced more closely than if you chose woven wire. You can also electrify either of these fences for further security.
Sheep areintense grazers that deplete vegetation in a pasture, so a rotational grazing plan is a must. This rotational grazing plan may require two types of fences. Perimeter fencing is the outermost fence and is installed around the boundary of the property. It encompasses the grazing area and is the first line of defense against predators. We recommend woven wire or high-tensile wire fences with close spacing at the bottom and electric offset wires. Asthe interior fence does not need to deter predators, and you may want it to be movable to rotate your grazing areas, we recommend electric net fencing for these applications.
We handle fencing projects for all of the above animals, as well as chickens, alpaca, bison, llamas, and mules. We will work with you to ensure your livestock fencing is the proper size, strength, material and charge to contain and protect your herd.
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