Farm Fence


Many fences are suited for a variety of farm animal species, but ideally you shouldn’t waste money on building something that will end up being what you don’t need or is not enough to hold in the animals you are wanting to keep. For example, you shouldn’t put up chicken wire if you’re only going to have cattle, nor should you install cattle panels for chickens. With that in mind, you must also understand the risks of having a particular individual animal that may be more of a Houdini than the rest, which should be encouragement enough to make sure you make your fences “goat-tight and bull-strong.”
• Goats are notorious for testing fences, being prone to climb up, jump over, crawl under, crawl through or even walk through fences. The space between wires need to be smaller than the size of their heads, because if a goat can get its head through, then the rest of its body is sure to follow!
• Sheep are less notorious for testing fences, yet are as small as goats; thus similar fencing requirements are required for this domestic species.
• Pigs are worse for digging under and crawling under fences than going over them. You will need to install fencing that with a barrier of some sort that is buried beneath the surface of the ground.
• Some horse owners will argue that certain types of wire fencing is the worse thing for horses to be contained in, and would rather spend the extra money on rail, or board fencing than wire fencing (especially in tight areas). However, many horse ranchers have enough space that wire fencing with a hot wire works just fine! Horses are much more apt to jump over a fence and figure out a way through the gate latch than crawling under or through a fence. However a stallion hot on the trail of a mare in heat will test a fence to its limits; thus if you own a breeding herd of horses, make sure the corral you are containing your corrals in is strong, sturdy and built well enough that a stallion won’t test it.
• Fencing for cattle is a little more easier to choose because there are more choices a producer can make for holding their cattle in depending on where a producer wants to hold them in. Barbed or barbless wire fencing is the most common type of fencing for pasturing cattle. Electric fencing is best for those fence lines that are being tested too much or those who are rotational-grazing cattle. More rugged fencing such as stand-alone iron panels, wood board or iron rail is best for corrals, handling facilities and working or holding pens, and highly recommended for bull and cull-cow pens.