Cattle Fencing – Some Basic Types

When thinking about the type of cattle fencing to employ in your farm or ranch, there are several choices that you can make. Here’s a brief overview of the basic kinds of cattle fence that can work on most properties.

High Tensile

High Tensile Fence

High tensile fencing is used on many ranches and farms. It is usually combined with electricity to produce an effective and economical method for cattle management. For cattle, only 2-3 of the strands need to be electrified for effective containment.

Woven Wire

Woven Wire Fence

Woven wire is a nice alternative to the sturdier and more expensive fencing types. It’s ideally suited for smaller breeds and is more than effective enough to contain calves and keep out predators and other wildlife. No electricity is needed for this fencing, which utilizes small gaps to keep animals out.

Poly Coat

Poly coat provides a highly visible fence and is often used for horses so that both horse and rider can easily see it. However, it’s also a viable option for cattle and can be electrified as needed.

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire Fence

Although barbed wire is quickly falling out of favor to more modern and efficient fencing, it still remains a highly economical and viable choice for cattle fencing. Nowadays, it is often combined with strands of woven wire at the top and bottom to keep cattle and sheep from climbing over or digging under the fence.

Consumer Reviews

  1. My neighbor has cattle that has been comming through the barbed wire fence.
    He only have 3 strands of barbed wire,but not electrified,allowing his bulls to push trough the wires and come into my property.
    Should he have 5 strands that would stop his cattle the easy step throug for his cattle?
    I have an electric fence for Small animals,but it does not keep his bulls out.I had to spend hours repairing my fence so far,but I need to know if he is required to use either electrified wire or 5 wires instead.

  2. In Montana and several other states the law is fence them out not fence them in!!! Open range history in the west.

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