What is the best type of fence for cattle?

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The Best for Your Property

They say fences make good neighbors, but they also make an excellent tool for keeping cattle in place too. A cattle fence is as important to a rancher as a safe is to a banker. Bulls, cows, and horses are expensive, and whether it is a 10 acre ranch or a 1,000 acre ranch, it is important to keep them together. Dial (817) 506-7722 if you need help deciding on a cattle fence for your Fort Worth and Arlington, TX property.

From the roadside, for a non-ranching person, they may see cattle fences and gates as just fences and gates. For a rancher, there are two important characteristics to a good cattle fence: It provides a physical barrier and a visual barrier. There are three cattle fencing basics:

  • Barbed wire: The physical barrier is built in and is the most common cattle fence used and is five strand or three strand.
  • Woven wire: Provide both a physical and visual barrier that stands up to the cattle to keep them from destroying the fence.
  • High tensile smooth wire: This is an economical way to electrical fence that is durable, can stand the pressure of 1,000 pound livestock, and requires little maintenance while providing a lifespan up to thirty years. 
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How do you build a cattle fence?

Raising cattle is a lot of work and it begins with good a good cattle fence. Building and maintaining a durable cattle fence can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget, but it is possible. You don’t want to waste your money and time building a fence that isn’t for the species of animal you will be keeping. You don’t use cattle fencing panels if you’re keeping chickens or goats. Of all the cattle fencing ideas that are possible, the crucial one is to make sure any fence you install is “goat-tight and bull-strong”. For the sake of this article, we will use barbed wire cattle fence. 

A cattle fence can be a simple barbed-wire or high-tensile fence and is only as good as the posts you set. Choose a durable, treated wood post or metal post. Wood posts are as small as four inches wide and as large as eight inches wide by eight feet long. The barbed wire you’re using should be a taut barbed wire that can take heavy pressure, and the post should be no less than two feet in the ground. 

Start your cattle fence by digging holes for the post. Place a post in each hole and the fill with concrete around it.  Posts should be at least eight feet apart and no more than fifteen feet apart. The corner and end posts should be braced so they aren’t pulled down when stretching the barbed wire taut. Each end posts should be braced by nailing a horizontal board between and adjacent to posts. The barbed wire should be stretched diagonally between each post, so they strengthen the corner post.   

How high should a fence be for cattle?

Cattle fence height should be no shorter than forty-eight inches tall with fifty-four inches being the recommended. This will keep the cattle from going over the fence (provided you made the posts strong and the barbed wire taut).

How far apart should T posts be?

T-posts are used to support the barbed wire for cattle fence and is relatively inexpensive and installation is easy. With the corner posts in place, stretch a guideline between the corner post to ensure the T-posts will be in a straight line, 8 to12 feet apart for a 6 wire barbed fence. 

Each T-post should be placed perpendicular with the fence line and the anchor plate at the bottom. Whether you are concerned with keeping livestock in, they’ll be putting pressure and stress on the fence. You want the studs facing inward. 

Each T-posts should be buried 24 inches deep so that the anchor is completely buried to keep the cattle from pulling them up. As you install the posts and lines, keep a check that the line is straight. The barbed wire should be securely fastened to the studs, so they aren’t able to move up, down, or away.

How do you attach cattle panels to T posts?

Attach cattle panels to fourteen gauge wire in five inch lengths wrapped around the T-posts withfencing pliers. To secure the corners, wrap 4-foot-long lengths around the two panels continuously.

How do you build a barbed wire for a cattle fence?

Once you’ve measured out the area you’re fencing in, sink a pole at each corner in a straight line. Then place poles in between those corners in eight foot intervals as we described above, and no less than two foot deep for a four foot high fence. Rule of thumb is to bury the post half as deep as you want it high. Place a pole in the hole, fill with concrete, the pack dirt on top of the concrete, tapping down with a wooden pole.

Stretch your barbed wire, pulling taut constantly, stretched around curves. The line should be secure and tight between each post. Remember, there will be 1,000 pound cattle leaning on this cattle fence. Tack the wire in place against each poles with the straightest and strongest poles for corners.

Next, you want to brace the corners and gates with cross-braces. A simple brace method is to set a pole diagonally into the upright pole, then drive a pole-section stake into the ground at bottom end of the diagonal pole.

Now time for the barbed wire. Start with the bottom strand and go around the posts, working upward to make a three-strand or five-strand cattle fence. Secure at the corner posts with to u-nails on each strand, wrapped several times around each post.


End Of The Day

Or at the end of building your cattle fence, remember it is only as strong as the corners and the posts. Those are the two areas of a cattle fence that you don’t want to be money or time budget stingy with. Connect with Pro Seal Restoration when you are ready for a cattle fence in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX. We’re available at (817) 506-7722 now!