Need To Fence Your New Farmland? Here Are Your Options

Posted on: 25 June 2019

While wooden privacy fences are great for keeping neighbors from having a clear view into the yards of suburban properties, they are too big, too expensive, and just not practical for installation around farmland. Instead, farm fences need to be built with posts and wire. The specific materials used need to match the specific needs of the fence as well as fit into your budget.

If you recently bought some unfenced farmland and aren't sure what type of fencing is best for it, then it's important to take all of your options into consideration. To help you do so, here is more information about your options.

Fence Post Options

To fence your farmland, you have two basic options for the fence posts:

  1. Wood posts
  2. Metal posts

Both types of posts have a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. 

Wood posts have a nicer look, but they also are more expensive than their metal counterparts and require a lot more effort to install and maintain. Wood posts need to be installed in large holes filled with concrete, or they will fall over, so they often aren't practical to install around large plots of land.

Alternatively, metal "T" fence posts are relatively inexpensive and can easily be pounded into the ground using a "t" post driver. Metal posts are stable without the need for concrete, and, if you ever want to move them, you can simply pull them out and drive them into the new location.

Fence Wire Options

Ultimately, the purpose of farmland fencing is to protect your land and either fence in your own livestock or fence out your neighbors' livestock or wild animals. The fence wire you choose greatly depends on whether you want to fence in your own animals or fence out others.

The fence wire options for your property include:

  • Barbed wire
  • Woven wire
  • Welded wire

Woven wire fences and welded wire fences have a very similar look. However, woven wire is more sturdy and tolerant of farm animals, such as goats, who like to lean on and stretch out fences. However, a less expensive welded wire is better for use with smaller animals and birds, such as chickens, because it's easier to work with.

If you need to construct a fence around many acres, then using barbed wire is a great way to go. By adding an electrified wire to the fence, you can easily train dogs and livestock of all types to avoid the fence, and this will prevent their being injured by the barbs.

For Assistance Building the Fence

Lastly, unless you have the time, skills, and desire to install your new farmland's fence yourself, then it's always a good idea to enlist the help of a professional fence contractor. Contact a company like Butte Fence, for more information.