You invest time, money and pride into your ranch. You need to protect your investment with a quality fence that can withstand weather conditions and potential damage from cattle or outside animals. There are many fencing options on the market today and it can be difficult to choose one that will be durable and affordable while also complimenting the natural beauty of your ranch.
Before purchasing your fence, it is important to consider all of your options and how they will best suit your ranch.
Cedar Split Rail
Cedar split rails are a very traditional fencing option for ranches, their rustic look fits perfectly on a ranch. This sort of fencing can be used around the perimeter of the property and also as enclosures for cattle or pets. Cedar wood is very durable and even as it ages it continues to hold up against weather conditions and large animals.
Barbed wire fencing is used to confine docile animals in a large space, such as a ranch. It is the most famous material used for cattle and has been in use for over 150 years. It is installed by stringing horizontal strands of barb wire inserted through metal or wooden posts. Barbed wire is difficult to work with and will inevitably tear up pants, gloves and skin.
Field fences are another strong and durable option. Their strength depends on their gauge and they are usually made using 12 gauge wire. However 10 gauge wire is used at the bottom and upper end to make them more durable and safe for animals. They have crimped joints which add to their strength.
Virtual fencing is the newest kid on the block, it is an animal friendly fencing system that enables livestock to be confined or moved with using fixed fences. It is fencing technology that uses neckbands with coordinates, wireless technologies and sensors to control the location of the livestock without the need for a physical fence.
There is no doubt that choosing between all of the fencing options available can be overwhelming. However, we hope that our blog post has given you a better idea of fences you should include on your ranch. Don’t forget to check for any zonal regulations in place for the use of any of the above fencing options.
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