Your livestock is your livelihood so it only makes sense to protect them to the best of your abilities. Securing your investments with the right type of fence can go a long way in helping you safely corral your horses and livestock.
What Types of Fences are Best for Horses and Livestock?
Horses are visual creatures making high tensile or pipe fencing a great option. When using pipe fencing, it’s best to post pipes close together with a marker where the wires are. This helps horses to easily see their barriers. Since horses are also athletic creatures, barbed fencing is not advised.
If you opt for high tensile fencing, know that high tensile wire can withstand more than 1,000 pounds of livestock pressure and low-temperature contraction without losing elasticity, according to the University of Michigan Extension Service. It also requires fewer posts and less time to erect and repair
Be particular about your corner posts though. Beef Magazine finds that using barbed, high-tensile or woven wire for corner posts is the number one mistake in fencing for livestock, “The main issues are undersized posts and corner posts not set deeply enough, particularly in sandy or soft soils.”
Since horses and livestock need to be moved every so often or corralled into certain areas, it can help to add fence gates. This makes it visually easier for livestock and horses to see where there is space to leave and return, especially at your discretion.
It helps to take the time to choose the best fence for your livestock needs. Questions? Buzz Custom Fence offers multiple add-ons to protect your livestock including horse wire, chicken wire, hog wire and no-climb wire. Contact Buzz and we can help you find and install the perfect fence to secure your livestock investments.