Beginners can sometimes overestimate the sturdiness of their stock fence, resulting in future durability problems, which can double up your costs in cases of repair. Following these tips on building a fool-proof stock fence can help you survive the rigours and hardships of farm life and avoid future expenses.
Use metal posts
Specifically, use steel posts. When it comes to long-term durability, steel posts are the most popular choice among farmers, as they can withstand extreme weather conditions. Better yet, have them coated with a layer of galvanised zinc. It makes them less vulnerable to corrosion and damages caused by outdoor elements, which also makes them low-maintenance and an overall practical addition to your fencing equipment.
Before installing your metal posts, it is advisable to guide them with your wire first. Running a single strand of wire between your posts will provide a straight line that will determine where you will position your middle posts, also allowing you to estimate the perfect height for your fence.
For installation, position them as low as possible to produce better resistance (at least 1.2 meters into the ground), preventing them from falling in the future. Longer posts are also better for creating a firmer and sturdier fence because it gives you more room to dig.
Choose your wire
It is ideal to be specific when it comes choosing your wire, as different animals put different pressures on the fence. Horse wire, aviary wire, chicken wire, and others are all available in the market. Do not be overwhelmed by the abundance of choices. Since you are dealing with livestock, focus on the horse wire. Choose ones that retain their elasticity and durability even after animal impact.
For heavier and bigger animals, like cattle, it is best to install two strands of high-tensile barbed wire or one electric wire above the fence.
Get the tension right
The crimps along the line wires are there to help you adjust to the right tension while maintaining the elasticity. Good tension will provide good resistance and support, and safer impact when the animals try to escape and collide with the wires.
But remember not to drive the staples too tight into the wires when attaching them to the posts. This can affect the galvanised zinc on the wire and can reduce your fence’s lifespan.
Installing a good fence will not only provide good boundaries and prevent disputes, but ultimately, it will help you manage your farm efficiently, from livestock to crop protection, with highly-regulated costs.
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