Four Great Farm Fencing Tips
Farm fencing depends largely upon the type of livestock that it serves to contain. Nevertheless, there are some general tips that farmers should consider when putting up any type of livestock fence.
To some extent, the type of fence you need depends on the type of animal you’ve got roaming around on your farm. However, all expert livestock fence builders follow a few basic principles. No matter what type of livestock you’re trying to keep at bay, there are a few things you should keep in mind when building your fence. This article will highlight some of the most important fencing techniques to imitate, as well as some practices to avoid.
1. Make Sure the Corner Posts Are Set Deep Enough
It doesn’t matter what the fence is made of if the corner posts aren’t anchored well in the soil. Although it may seem excessive, the amount of each post that is situated below the ground should be about equal to the amount situated above ground. This is particularly important when the soil is relatively soft or sandy. Remember, your livestock will likely be pushing against this fence day in and day out. Although one push won’t do much, a constant pressure could eventually unseat the corner posts if they aren’t deep enough.
2. Don’t Use Metal Posts for an Electric Fence
Some farmers like to use drill stems for the corner supports to their electric fencework. This is a mistake. Anything that is made out of metal will conduct electricity, and the electricity it conducts will come out of the fence’s payload. This means that the fence won’t have the zapping power that it is meant to, and your animals will be happy to take advantage of its weakness.
3. Make Sure the Post Spacing Is Right
Some fences require a lot of posts, particularly those that are made of barbed wire. However, when it comes to electric fences, farmers tend to use WAY MORE posts than they really need. Remember, there’s a HUGE difference in the ways that barbed wire and electric fences work. Because the latter does not depend primarily on physical strength, far fewer posts are necessary.
4. Make Special Considerations for Wildlife
If you live in an area where there’s lots of wildlife like elk and moose around, you’ll need to make some special considerations to prevent these animals from breaking the fence. Remember, they’re not corralled inside the fence all the time, so they’re not going to learn collectively that the fence will always zap them. Fences can be made wildlife-proof by using flexible posts or by making it low-profile so that the elk and the deer won’t collide with it very often.
These tips will help you build a fencing system that will require far less maintenance over time. If you’re interested in learning more about livestock fencing, you can check out this helpful website of a fence contractor in Round Rock.
Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his Storify blog.
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