Guide to Livestock Wire Fences

Posted by BECK America on Apr 20, 2024 8:15:00 AM
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Why use wire fences? We’re going to cover the benefits, types of livestock wire fences available, installation and maintenance in this blog. Also, and of significant importance, what tools and fasteners you should use to create a fence that will last.

Benefits of Using Livestock Wire Fences

Using livestock wire fences offers numerous benefits for livestock farmers. Here are some key advantages:

  • Enhanced livestock management: Livestock wire fences allow you to effectively manage your animals by creating designated grazing areas and preventing overgrazing. This helps maintain the health and productivity of your livestock.
  • Improved security: Livestock wire fences provide a physical barrier that deters potential intruders and protects your livestock and farm assets. By having fencing, you help to prevent predators, theft, and unauthorized access to your property.
  • Boundary marking: These fences clearly mark the boundaries of your farm, reducing the risk of conflicts with neighboring farms. They help establish property lines and maintain good relationships with your neighbors.
  • Versatility: Livestock wire fences can be used for many types of livestock, including cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. They offer versatility in terms of both functionality and design.
  • Cost-effective: Compared to other types of fences, livestock wire fences are cost-effective. They provide long-term durability and require minimal maintenance, saving you time and money in the long run while maintaining peace of mind.

Types of Livestock Wire Fences Available

There are several types of livestock wire fences available, each with its own advantages and considerations. Here are some common types:

  • Woven Wire Fences: Fences that consist of vertical and horizontal wires woven together. They are versatile and can be used for various livestock types, including cattle, horses, and sheep. Also, they are ideal for smaller livestock because of the smaller openings in the fencing.
  • Electric Wire Fences: Fences that use electric currents to deter animals from touching or crossing the fence. They are effective for containing livestock and keeping out predators.
  • High Tensile Wire Fences: Fences made of high-strength wire that can withstand tension and pressure. They are suitable for larger livestock and areas with high animal pressure.

When choosing a livestock wire fence, consider factors such as the type of livestock you have, the terrain of your farm, and your specific needs and budget.

Tips for Proper Installation of Livestock Wire Fences

Proper installation of livestock wire fences is crucial for their effectiveness and longevity. Here are some tips to ensure a successful installation:

  • Plan the layout: Before installing the fence, carefully plan the layout and determine the boundaries of the grazing area. Consider factors such as the size of your livestock, the terrain, and any existing structures.
  • Clear the area: Remove any vegetation or obstacles that may interfere with the installation process. Clearing the area will help ensure a smooth and secure fence installation.
  • Choose the right materials: Select high-quality wood and wire materials that are suitable for your specific livestock and farm requirements. Use durable posts and sturdy wire to ensure the fence's durability.
  • Dig proper post holes: Dig holes for the fence posts at regular intervals, ensuring that they are deep enough to provide stability. Space the posts according to the type of livestock you have and the strength of the fence.
  • Install the wire correctly: Attach the wire to the posts securely, using appropriate fasteners and tensioning techniques. Make sure the wire is properly tensioned to prevent sagging or gaps. Using the FASCO® (a BECK brand) F70G cordless fencing tool and staples which provide a secure installation.
  • Gate installation: Install sturdy gates that provide easy access to the grazing area while maintaining the security of the fence. Ensure that the gates are properly aligned and securely attached.

Maintaining Your Livestock Wire Fences

Proper maintenance is essential to keep your livestock wire fences in good condition and ensure their long-term effectiveness. Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Regular inspections: Regularly inspect your fences for any signs of damage, such as broken wires, loose posts, or sagging sections. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  • Repair or replace damaged components: If you notice any damaged wires, posts, or gates, repair or replace them as soon as possible. This will help maintain the integrity of the fence and prevent livestock from escaping or predators from entering.
  • Clear vegetation: Regularly trim vegetation around the fence to prevent it from growing into the wires or causing damage. Clearing vegetation also improves visibility and security.
  • Check tension: Periodically check the tension of the wires and adjust as needed. Proper tension prevents sagging and ensures the fence remains secure.
  • Apply rust protection: If your livestock wire fence has metal components, apply rust protection or paint to prevent corrosion and extend its lifespan.
  • Gate maintenance: Inspect and maintain the gates regularly, ensuring that they open and close smoothly. Lubricate hinges and repair any damage to maintain their functionality.

We suggest using the FASCO® F70G cordless fencing system for any type of wireF70G fence stapling system 300x299 and cropped fencing you decide to use. It contains everything you need for constructing, and maintaining, a sturdy wire and post fence. The F70G cordless fence stapler gives you the freedom to cover pasture areas without dragging a compressor and hose around large areas. It’s lightweight, durable, and powerful allowing you to sink staples into wood posts quickly. When paired with the BECK fence staples, you have a winning combination. These staples offer our patented Diamond Coating and precision divergent points for superior holding power compared to manual installation. Making repairs is also something to consider - Imagine grabbing your tool and staples and going out to the area in need and making the repair. Quick and easy!

With these guidelines, and BECK products, you can be assured that installation, repairs, and security will be easily achieved for your precious livestock for years to come. 

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