Guide to Farm Fencing and the Essential Supplies You’ll Need

Defining the boundaries of your property and providing a safe place for your livestock are just some of the benefits that come from installing a fence. Of course, if you don’t have enough free time or just want this to be done in a breeze you can always hire someone to do it for you, but there’s great satisfaction in getting things done with your own two hands. This may not be an easy job, but by following the right steps you can make it work, but of course, not before you get the right supplies and equipment. That being said, let’s see what tools and supplies are required for this task.

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Netting

With netting, you’ll be able to keep predators away since it is a very effective piece of twine-made net mesh that is very simple and quick to put up. Since it is most effective when electricity is running through it, it is not ideal for where there’s tall grass that will end up touching it. With these types of rural fencing supplies, you really need to watch out for all sorts of things such as high energy use which only makes it applicable when you want to surround a small area.

Wire

If you want to keep pigs, cattle and sheep safe a steel wire is going to be your best friend which can also be used as a permanent fencing structure. They too can have electricity running through which makes them even more effective but even without it, you’ll have solid protection. Steel wires can help you fix wooden fencing or reinforce your existing one.

Post-Hole Digger

A posthole digger is used for making the perfect holes for your posts with ease, and if you want to make things even easier make sure you get one that comes with a ruler. This will help you to determine the depth more easily and for some comfort on your hands try to find a posthole digger with cushioning on the handles. This tool is a must unless you want to spend a whole day digging holes with your shovel.

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Shovel

Not all rural fencing supplies will do their job perfectly as in some situations a post hole digger will not give you the same results meaning that you will still need a shovel. You’ll use a shovel mostly to even out parts around the posts so that every part of your fence sits at the same level. Sometimes you’ll need to make some changes to the post holes and believe me there is no better way than with a shovel.

Tensioner

A tensioning tool is what will keep your fence nice and tight. A solid tensioner would feature a good set of handles that can provide you with a solid amount of grip. Also, you want to get a tensioning tool that comes with a built-in gearing system which can help you get consistent results throughout the whole length of your fence.

Come-Along

This is yet another type of tool that is a part of the rural fencing supplies that will help you with wire tensioning, but it is mainly used with heavy-duty steel wire or when building a large wire fence. A come-along comes with two hooks on each side and a torque of about 1 tonne, but you can find ones with a greater limit. This tool can be used for lowering and pulling too.

Safety Goggles

Although safety goggles are not the most important piece of equipment you need, they are a necessity if you are going to be cutting wood or adding pallets to your fence. You don’t want small needle-like pieces of wood flying towards your eyeballs without the necessary protection on your face.

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Gloves

Gloves are more than obvious in this line of work since you are going to be handling all sorts of materials and tools. Heavy-duty gloves are a must if you want to avoid cuts and hands full of blisters. I’d suggest you go for quality gloves that will also allow for a lot of dexterity and not just protection.

Tips

• Before you start digging holes and cutting wire, you’ll need to map out fence corners, lines, gates, and lanes using lath, bright paint and surveyor tape. You can also use a long tape measure to mark the future location of the above-mentioned elements. Every pastured field should be connected with water, working facilities and livestock buildings when setting up your lanes, which should be positioned in the driest area you can find. These usually include a terrace or a natural ridge.

• After you’ve marked everything, you will then need to select the rural fencing supplies and the type of fencing. There are two types of fencing that you can choose from: permanent and temporary. The latter includes bare wire, braided wire and tape which usually come electrified since animals can easily remove them or get tangled up. Permanent fencing, on the other hand, includes wooden rails, woven wire, electric and vinyl which you can use together with temporary fencing if you don’t want to concrete the posts to the ground.

• The most important parts of a solid fence installation are the gate, end and corner braces and the first step to a quality fence is to position them so they face the diagonal brace footing. If you are going with concrete posts make sure the footings for the end posts and upright corners are always bell-shaped. To limit tension loss and decrease failure count, make sure to increase the diameter of all the 90-degree, gate and end posts to a minimum of 20cm.

• Post spacing is usually between 2.5m to 3.5m with a reliable fencing structure concluding of a ratio of 5 steel to 1 wooden post. The wire will need to be attached starting from 20cm to 25cm off the ground but if you are going to put up a temporary fence, this won’t be on your list of duties. If you’ve chosen a wire fence, then you’ll need to decide on the number of strands. For high-traffic areas, you’ll want to install five or six wire fences otherwise just go with four.