Farm Fencing – 4 Types Of Fencing To Protect Your Farm Investment
Farmers have considerable investments of time and money invested in their farm operation. Many small farmers work all the hours that they can and generally involve their partner/spouse and children in the operation of their farming venture.
But a failure to put up the best fencing for their farm can have disastrous consequences insofar as they run the risk of
1. Losing livestock or hens to predators
2. Having to constantly repair, mend and maintain their existing fencing.
Types of Fences
Here are 4 types of fences that are commonly used and which have specific purposes that you should consider to safeguard your investment and livelihood.
1. Post and Rail Fencing
Post and rail fencing is very common and a popular choice and will generally comprise a timber post and rail fence with 3 horizontal rails. Generally the timber will be pressure treated and if you are near a busy road you may consider concrete post and rails fencing to ensure that cattle or horses do not break out and cause accidents with motorists with disastrous insurance consequences for you.
2. Barbed Wire Fencing
This type of fence is illegal in some districts but is incredibly effective but not ideal for all situations as it can be difficult to work with and cause injury to animals, particularly new born foals or calves.
3. Electric Net Fence
Electric net fencing is very useful to smart pasture management and can be moved around easily as the occasion warrants it; very useful for fencing cattle, goats, poultry and sheep. Electric net fencing has the advantages of being easy enough to set up and will keep out raccoons, deer and other predators. It is also very versatile and portable.
However you will need to maintain it as it tends to sag and falling tree branches can cause it to fail and you will need to monitor the energizer and ground rods.
4. Woven Wire Fencing
Woven wire fencing is a popular choice among small farmers; it is easy to set up and unlike electric fencing does not require a power source.