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Cattle Fencing

Post by Hreeves » Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm

Hi All, Im looking to learn what fencing you are using for your cattle livestock (feeder) farms. We are thinking about installing fencing that uses metal guardrails, but dont know enough about the other fencing types to know the pros/cons.



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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Hippie Rancher » Thu May 16, 2019 4:17 pm

I have pens made from oil well sucker rod, telephone poles, railroad ties, regular lumber, portable panels, old water pipe, welded wire, mesquite logs, horse net, scraps of steel, gas pipe...you name it, we have some length of fence made out of it. guardrail installed right is fantastic. use what you can get cheap or free, cows don't care if it looks great they just respect solid built structure.

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by snoopdog » Thu May 16, 2019 6:24 pm

I think most use barbed wire for perimeter fencing, really need a little more info about it. If your talking corral or working facilities, gaurd rail is the cats meow if you can get it cheap.
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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Hippie Rancher » Thu May 16, 2019 6:48 pm

snoopdog wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 6:24 pm
I think most use barbed wire for perimeter fencing, really need a little more info about it. If your talking corral or working facilities, gaurd rail is the cats meow if you can get it cheap.
ha! I just assumed they meant corrals - guard rail perimeter fence would be OK for rhinos I suppose :lol2:

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu May 16, 2019 8:11 pm

Hi-tensile for perimeter.
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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Dave » Thu May 16, 2019 8:19 pm

Perimeter and cross fence is barb wire. The working pens / corral are rail road ties with lodge pole pine poles 7 high.

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Named'em Tamed'em » Thu May 16, 2019 10:48 pm

New Zealand hot wire, 5 strands keeps 'em in. We have a mile of it, pretty low maintenance.
We have the 3 board white vinyl at the road for the pretty stuff, love it.
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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by WinterSpringsFarm » Fri May 17, 2019 4:58 am

6 wire High tensile, with 3 hot. I do not like barb wire

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by farmerjan » Fri May 17, 2019 6:26 am

We use use stock fencing. 6" stays. Have some with 12" stays but the cattle will push their heads through it and stretch it out so there are big holes. The 6 " is alot better. Use 1 stand barbed wire on the top. We have had too many problems with high tensile with the coyotes running the cattle and them trying to go through it and have lost several calves that have gotten their feet caught up in it as they have tried to jump it and have basically gotten hung upside down and they died. See deer caught up in it that way frequently, too. It works for many people but just not what we prefer. You have to keep electric on it if you use it. The "springiness" of it that is a plus also allows cattle to push their heads and then their whole body through if it is not hot.
For catch pens we usually have some sort of wood/metal sides. 6 board wood at least. We use the portable panels at a couple of places we rent. Different places have different things. Guard rails are great if you can get them cheap.

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Hreeves » Fri May 17, 2019 8:30 am

Thanks everyone! It seems like electric fencing is the preferred method for perimeter, has anyone worked with mesh?

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Dsth » Fri May 17, 2019 11:22 am

mesh does not work well with cattle. once they start reaching over, they just keep pushing it down further unless you plan on building it 7 feet tall. it is also a pain in the **s to remove after it is in for several years.

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Hreeves » Fri May 17, 2019 11:49 am

Dsth wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:22 am
mesh does not work well with cattle. once they start reaching over, they just keep pushing it down further unless you plan on building it 7 feet tall. it is also a pain in the **s to remove after it is in for several years.
Thank you for this! It may look cleaner, but I can see that it would not work well for what we had considered. I appreciate the insight on this.

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by kenny thomas » Fri May 17, 2019 12:37 pm

WinterSpringsFarm wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 4:58 am
6 wire High tensile, with 3 hot. I do not like barb wire
Is this for sheep and goats? Why so many wires. I use 2 strand with both hot for cattle.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri May 17, 2019 2:07 pm

I use 3 hi-tensile wire for perimeter with usually just 1 hot. I use 1 strand for all interior fencing (Hot). Trees can fall on it - just cut up the tree & fence bounces back.
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Re: Cattle Fencing

Post by Hardnosecattleco » Fri May 17, 2019 6:37 pm

I run 5 strand hi tensile 3 hot. I gave up my barbed wire days a long time ago.

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