Recent developments in livestock fencing materials and installation methods have greatly expanded the options available today. Depending on the purpose of your project, its scope and your budget, several types of materials can be used to achieve your objectives. Careful planning, the right materials and best installation practices are the keys to a successful project.
Purposes of Livestock Fences
When adding fences to farms, ranches or other types of property, the best approach can vary depending on your purpose and objectives. Some examples include the containing livestock, the excluding predators or dividing property based on grazing or other specific goals. Other uses may include the delineating property lines, protecting gardens or crops, or directing or deflecting snow. In some cases, temporary barriers are necessary to divide pastures. For this application, portable options may be preferable.
Types of Livestock Fencing
In years past, rail and barbed wire were the typical choices for livestock fencing. Though still used by many producers, barbed wire is generally considered dangerous to livestock, people and wildlife. Fortunately, you have many safe alternatives today that are both effective and affordable. Although wood rails serve their purpose and are attractive to look at, the nature of wood requires frequent maintenance. Wood also has a limited life span. Vinyl rails have all the benefits of wood, but require almost no maintenance. Vinyl rail fencing will also last for decades. Although vinyl is more expensive to purchase in the beginning, the time and money saved over the course of its lifespan should more than offset the initial outlay.
Planning Your Livestock Fence Project
Before selecting a specific type of material, consider the safety of the animals that will be contained. Think about the desired functionality of your fence and the amount of maintenance each type of material requires. For most people, time is a valued commodity, and spending hours repairing less durable fencing may not be economically sound. How the fence will look may be important, but consider also the cost to purchase and install a specific product versus the amount of time and money it will require each year to maintain it. The final consideration is the terrain where the fence will be installed and the soil conditions in your area. These can impact installation cost and durability significantly.
For livestock fencing in Utah, Wyoming or Idaho, Outback Fencing has the experience to help you achieve your objectives. With knowledge of agricultural code and livestock laws, their experienced professionals are committed to providing an exceptional level of customer service. Outback Fencing is the locally owned and operated expert for all of your livestock fencing needs.