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Re: Pens

Post by gcreekrch » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:18 pm

WFfarm wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:56 am
As an alternative to plywood, you can also get ploy fabric sheets that attach to metal gates for visual barrier. They sell them at some of the farm supply stores and look like a rectangular tarp, like 4' x 12'. Zip tie easily to your gates. In a corral you can also tie plastic snow fence to the inside of metal gates. I works great for young stock so they can't get there head started thru an opening.
Have used the snow fence on our free standing panels. Lasted 2 years and got brittle. The wind finished it off and we got to pick up broken plastic. Thinking 2x4 no climb fence next go round. Some pens weren't lined this year and calves didn't try much. Maybe just a lucky year and quieter help.

You have a photo of the fabric sheets? Do they last longer?

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Re: Pens

Post by WFfarm » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:22 am

Agree about the snow fence breaking down. We tend to take it down when done working and weaning feeder calves. You also have to keep the snow fence about 6-8 inches off the ground or calves step in it and tear it away.

Below is a picture of the gate screen. It works great with metal gates and is lightweight. It holds up pretty well to the elements. Ours have been outside for 5+ years and no signs of tearing or falling apart from UV exposure.

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