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Trees and fence

Postby RanchMan90 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:40 am

What are y'all doing for fence in wooded areas where trees fall often? These spring storms have me patching fence and retrieving yearlings nearly daily. Im about to the point of moving my fence back where trees can't fall on it or putting up wire panels for this 1/4 mile would be worth a peace of mind while I'm at work during the week. Thanks
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:00 pm

I would have to move to avoid the problem. If a tree is not falling, then a limb is. I have not had a single instance of mine getting out. I suppose TT will make a joke about my over feeding my cows and say something like "Why would they check out of the Motel Copacabana to go stay at the Super 8.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby talltimber » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 pm

My folks ran a single HT around the bigger patches several years ago to keep them out of the woods. Bout all you can do, other than panels or pipe, and it's harder to fix when a sure enough tree goes down than woven, by far
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:17 pm

I hate trees with a passion. I wish we could live without them. Almost every fence I have is either through the woods, or a wood line. It'd be a nightmare to fence around them. It'd be fortune to bulldoze a path. I just work with what I have, and nail to them when I have to.
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:23 pm

Bigfoot wrote:I hate trees with a passion. I wish we could live without them. Almost every fence I have is either through the woods, or a wood line. It'd be a nightmare to fence around them. It'd be fortune to bulldoze a path. I just work with what I have, and nail to them when I have to.


About the same here.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby RanchMan90 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:40 pm

Bigfoot wrote:I hate trees with a passion. I wish we could live without them. Almost every fence I have is either through the woods, or a wood line. It'd be a nightmare to fence around them. It'd be fortune to bulldoze a path. I just work with what I have, and nail to them when I have to.

Likewise. The neighboring woods are almost impermeable horseback, I just leave the sale tags on calves any more to make them easier to locate. I love a good challenge trying to contain my hedge fund on the hoof :cowboy:
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby callmefence » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:50 pm

We don't ever run less than 6 barb on perimeter. If it's in the woods 8 .
You got a couple of extra wires to catch limbs and still have a fence.
The 14 gauge high tensile barbwire is good in this instance as well.. course nothing is going to stop a full size tree.

Oh apparently if you pour out enough feed or have tall enough grass you don't even need a fence. ;-) 8) :mrgreen:
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:54 pm

callmefence wrote:We don't ever run less than 6 barb on perimeter. If it's in the woods 8 .
You got a couple of extra wires to catch limbs and still have a fence.
The 14 gauge high tensile barbwire is good in this instance as well.. course nothing is going to stop a full size tree.

Oh apparently if you pour out enough feed or have tall enough grass you don't even need a fence. ;-) 8) :mrgreen:


I am using my cost share this year to add to my perimeter fence. The fence contractor has given me an assessment. It was a bit above his normal rate but I agreed. There will be more bracing and he is putting the posts closer together. Here they drive treated wood post.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:56 pm

My oaks and hickory seldom give me any problems. If they come down, it's usually a big act of nature involved. Other species seem to really raise problems, just on a daily basis. Sasarusand elm come to mind. I guess they are short lived or something.
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby callmefence » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:11 pm

Bigfoot wrote:My oaks and hickory seldom give me any problems. If they come down, it's usually a big act of nature involved. Other species seem to really raise problems, just on a daily basis. Sasarusand elm come to mind. I guess they are short lived or something.


Yep oaks don't cause much trouble. Here it's hackberry. Grow very large very fast and die young.
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby talltimber » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:03 pm

Here it's mostly sassafras and maple. Usually the limbs aren't too big, but maples here lose limbs with every stout breeze it seems like. Twigs are forever in the yard, it's full of maple
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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Caustic Burno » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:06 pm

Bigfoot wrote:I hate trees with a passion. I wish we could live without them. Almost every fence I have is either through the woods, or a wood line. It'd be a nightmare to fence around them. It'd be fortune to bulldoze a path. I just work with what I have, and nail to them when I have to.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby 1wlimo » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:22 pm

High tensile smooth wire run very hot, and remove all the dead timber. At least when a tree falls on the high tensile it normally returns to being a fence when you cut the tree.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby Kell-inKY » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:29 pm

Trees and deer, 2 worst enemies.

I usually check my fence charger, it tells me when I have a limb down. Cattle (at least mine) won't hardly cross a downed electric fence, they are so accustomed to avoiding it, even when I drop a wire, they wait for me to move it until they step over the old fence line.

My perimeter is electrified HT smooth wire with springs on some long runs. Limb falls and it just breaks plastic, run along with chainsaw and bag of retainers and it's usually pretty quick. Would hate to think what it would be like living where I live with barbed wire, I would do nothing but fix fence every afternoon here lately. Lots of storms and ridiculous amount of wind. Also, I keep different pastures on a switch so I don't have to check the entire line all the time, just the one they are in.

Ice storm years ago has had a long lasting effect, limbs and trees are dying at an even quicker rate than usual here lately. Lots of "widowmakers" hanging in those trees when you look up. A logger I talked to said he was just doing mercy killings. I like to keep our pasture pretty clean, and lately it's been a nightmare, at least in the woods I can just pile it to the side.

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Re: Trees and fence

Postby TCRanch » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:06 pm

We just trim the limbs & fix them. A lot! Lucky for us we've only had 2 cows ever get out.


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