As with any project, the planning stage is often considered the most important part. This is especially true with fencing. Without proper preparation and planning, the best intentions can be turned to ruin.
The first stage of planning the fence is to sketch a map of the area. Aerial photos are good sources to find the layout of the land. After drawing the land, mark all the areas that will need to accomidate special fencing needs. Establish the permant roads, lanes, gates, and property lines on the map. After all of these locations are established, draw the desired fence on the map.
Next, select the type of fencing desired. There are four major types of fencing, all with their own pros and cons.
These fences usually consist of three to five strands of barbed wire. The barbs on the wire can harm many of the more active livestock, such as pigs, horses, sheep, goats, etc. Therefore, it is recommended that barbed wire only be used for cattle containment and property line marking. It is less expensive to build compared to other fence types and ideal for long distances.
High Tensile Wire Fences
These fences are less damaging to the livestock they contain. They are typically used for cattle, hogs, horses, mules, corrals, and other game. Sometimes they are electrified for even better livestock containment. They are typically lower cost, compaired to other fence types, but require permanent in-line stretchers and springs. High-Tension Wire Fences are designed to withstand the impact of active livestock and then recover to its original state.
These fences are ideal for most types of livestock. They can be built for temporary or permanent use. They require special electric controllers and mounting clips, which help with the visiblity of the fence. Livestock will be able to see the fence more readily, which will allow the fence's mobility to be even more effective. These fences are typically used for cattle, hog, goat, horse, mule, sheep, poultry, and other game.
These fences are also ideal for most types of livestock. They can be used for cattle, hog, goat, horse, mule, sheep, poultry, and other game. They also do not injure the more active livestock, like barbed wire does. They are also well suited to smaller animals because of the vertical and horizontal wire.
After the fence type has been selected, the type and number of fence posts should be figured. Our online fence estimator will aid in determining the number and type of fence posts needed in your application. The typical installation will consist of a combination of corner, line, and anchor posts.
After the posts have been selected, the amount of wire needs to be figured. This will primarily be determined by the purpose of the fence. The number of strands required will determine the amount of wire needed for your fence.