Tips For Making Effective Farm Fencing

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Best fencing makes a property more efficient, safe and marketable, and indirectly can be a reflection on its owners. Most of the climatic issues associated with fences are decreased by clearing wide fence lines that simply don’t have trees or anything but grass nearby. The main motto of farm fencing is to keep livestock in and keep undesirable elements out. Fencing is also used to subdivide areas and make the farm attractive and presentable. So what does this fence need to do – check out the below points to make a best fence.

Strainer posts

Strainer posts are the most important components in any fence. If a strainer assembly fails, the fence fails, therefore, it is most important that end assemblies are erected correctly and are strong enough for the job.

The functions of strainer posts are to provide:

  1. A structure from which to swing gates. As for failures, vertical movement of the strainer post is the most frequent type of failure
  2. An immovable anchorage and a structure for straining the fence wire


Consider downward pressure from cattle

To protect your fence from downward pressure from cattle, add two strands of high-tensile barbed wire or one electrified plain wire above the fence.

Securing the posts

Don’t drive staples tight against the wire when it comes to securing your fence to the posts. This damages the galvanizing on the wire and can reduce the fence’s life.

Guide your posts

Run a single strand of plain wire between your straining posts. This will provide you with a straight line to guide the position of your intermediate posts and will also highlight any undulations in the ground. It’s a cost effective way to raise the fence’s overall height, too.

Avoid over-specified fencing

To save money on your fencing installation, avoid using an over-specified fence. For example, when you want to fence animals out instead of containing them, a fence with a larger mesh may be sufficient.

Dig deep

Take the time to make sure your main straining posts are firm as failing to do so will mean you won’t have enough tension along your fence line. Typically they should be dug or driven 1.2 m into the ground.

Get tension right

Wire fencing is manufactured with a crimp along the line wires to help in the tensioning process. You should tension your fence so that the crimp is about 50% of its original size to make sure the fence is tight, while retaining the overall elasticity of the wire. This will improve the performance of your fence in case of animal impact.