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Ranch Fencing For Your Cattle

Dec 15th 2015 at 12:40 AM

Secure fencing is the best way to keep your cattle in and predators out. Fencing choices include board rail, woven wire, high tensile and electric fence.

Cowboys, ranchers, dairymen and veterinarians agree that the best way to keep your cattle safe is to put them in secure fencing. The best fencing keeps cattle in and predators out, while looking good too. Read on for some great ideas to keep your cattle secure.

Board fencing is an enduring classic that keeps cattle in while being aesthetically pleasing. Round or square pressure treated posts set securely in the soil should last for many years. Three or four board rails can be used, and can be left natural or painted. Painting requires more maintenance, but it looks great.

Woven wire fencing is commonly used on ranch properties. Designed to keep your animals in and unwanted animals out, this type of fencing is extremely effective for keeping calves safe. Like the name implies, vertical and horizontal galvanized wires are woven together to form a grid. The spaces between the wires can be small or large, depending on your needs. Some woven wire has small spaces at the bottom to keep rabbits out, and larger spaces at the top. Woven wire is typically attached to wooden posts or metal T posts.

High tensile fencing is an economical option that will last for many years without maintenance. This type of wire fencing will keep most animals in, while being flexible enough to prevent injury if cattle run into it. Some very determined animals will challenge this fence, so for added security add one or two strands of electric wire.

Electric wire fencing provides a psychological barrier that keeps most cattle in effectively. Four strands of electrified wire or woven tape is typical, but more strands can be used if needed. Posts can be wood or metal. Electric fencing is economical but is not an especially beautiful option. It will only keep predators out if strands of wire are installed near ground level.

Whichever type of fencing you choose to keep your cattle secure, be sure to choose a licensed and insured fence contractor for the job. Read online reviews and ask for an in-home consultation from two or three contractors. Choose a professional that listens to your needs and has been in business for a long time. The least expensive option may not be the best. Go with your gut and choose a fence that meets your budget needs, requires minimal maintenance and will keep your cattle safe and secure. For more information about ranch fence in Round Rock, visit this website.

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Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his Tumblr blog.

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