What Type Of Fencing Is Best For Your Farm?

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When it comes to a farm, the fence is as important as the barn. It is one of the most significant purchases any farmer will ever make. So choosing the right type of fencing, the type with the most benefit for your livestock and farm, is essential.

Laws regulating ownership and control of livestock are applicable in every state. The first step you will want to take is to find out which laws and regulations apply in your state. Fence laws will usually define the party responsible for constructing and maintaining them, who assumes responsibility if an animal gets out and causes damage, and a definition of what constitutes a "legal fence."

Selecting Fence Material

Fence installation costs both time and money. Selecting the right fencing material is vital, which means you need to consider all of your options:

  • Wood Fences: Traditional and classic, wood has been the best choice for farm fencing for years. However, in the last century, wood has gone from the number one choice to sparse. Today's wood is typically soft and requires diligent upkeep. Vinyl-coated wood fencing has a substantially longer life span than untreated wood, but it has been replaced by more cost-effective and low maintenance fencing materials.
  • Barbed Wire Fencing: Barbed wire was once thought of as the perfect alternative to a fully wooden fence. Although it uses limited wood, it's hard to work with and poses a threat to any animal that gets caught in it. 
  • Synthetic Fences: Synthetic fencing use has been on the rise. While it can fail or look rundown within just a few years, it's one of the top fencing choices for horses and exotic animals. PVC fencing is somewhat expensive to install, but its longevity with proper upkeep is of great benefit.
  • Electrical Fencing: Hailed as the most flexible fencing on the market, it's a low maintenance and fairly inexpensive option. It can be purchased for temporary and permanent use, and different kinds are available to fit the needs of different livestock. Keep in mind electric fencing will require a power source and proper construction, including grounding.

The best fencing for your farm will be safe for your animals, easy to maintain, and budget friendly. You'll need to weigh the pros and cons of each material to determine which will be the best fit for you and your farm. The good thing is that once you decide, you won't have to figure it out again until the fence wears out.

To learn more about fencing, contact a company like Kiwi Fencing Company, Inc

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4 November 2015

fencing in a yard for dogs

I have always loved dogs, so when I was presented with an option to start breeding dogs, I jumped on it. Before I could begin the breeding business, I had to have some fencing installed and some kennels built. The fencing that I needed had to be able to hold up if the dogs were to jump up against it and had to be high enough to keep them from jumping over it. If you are trying to fence in your yard to keep your dog contained, you will find some helpful tips that the fencing contractor provided to me during my installation job.