Fencing on the Farm: The Most Practical Types of Fencing for Your Animals

Jason Hunt

If you own a farm or even a small piece of land where you are housing livestock of any kind, you definitely need to get a fence up as soon as possible. For new farmers, fencing may be blown off as something that is not a top priority. However, as you will soon find out, it is one of the first things that you should deal with. In order to build the best fence, you need to know the best type of fencing for the animal that you are housing. Here are some basics:

Woven or Barbed Wire

Both of these types of fencing are probably the most commonly seen and used on farms. Barbed and woven wire works very well with various types of livestock, from small to large. This includes anything from chickens to cows. Usually, livestock fences made out of barbed wire have one strand at the top, one at the bottom, and two to three in the middle. It needs so many strands because it is lighter-weight than other fencing materials, despite its aggressive appearance. The wire needs to be pulled tight to keep the animals in. Woven wire fences are extremely secure and sturdy. For that reason, they can be used with horses instead of barbed wire, which horses' manes and tails can get tangled in.

Vinyl Fencing

If you're looking for a more attractive option for your farm and animals, then vinyl fencing may be the style you're after. It works well for horses, as well as some smaller animals, such as sheep and goats. Vinyl fencing is long lasting, and you pay for its durability upfront. Therefore, most farm owners tend to use vinyl fencing when they need to fence off a smaller area rather than the entire farm.

Electric Wire

If you have cows or horses that tend to try to run away, then you need to consider upgrading your fencing to an electrically-charged one. Not only will this help keep your animals in, but it will also help keep lurking predators out. Ultimately, electric fences can be used with any type of livestock. They work particularly well with stubborn hogs that keep trying to get out of their fenced-off area. Just don't forget to let visitors to the farm know that the fence has an electric current to avoid unnecessary shocking.

Feedlot Panel Fencing

If you're housing hogs, then you need some heavy-gauge fencing in order to keep those hogs inside the fence. Hogs have great strength and will run into the fence. Therefore, it needs to be able to hold them back. Feedlot panel fencing consists of heavy-gauge panels of wire that can hold up to the strength of hogs and other livestock and prevent collapse of the fencing.

For more information regarding fencing on the farm for your livestock, talk to a fencing professional. An expert can help you find the most appropriate and effective fencing for your budget. 

For other fencing options or more ideas about how to contain specific animals, speak with a fencing contractor like one from Quality Chain Link Fencing.