Types of Fencing

High-Tensile New Zealand Fencing

Field Fence
Reliable confinement for cattle,hogs, and other large animals
-Ideal for all types of terrain
-Galvanized wire resists weathering and wear and tear
– Most economical
We specialize in New Zealand fencing. High-tensile fencing was developed in New Zealand several years ago. This fencing system uses smooth 12-1/2 gauge wire with a yield strength of 200,000 pounds per square inch, or a strength of 1,600 pounds for each wire. Conventional fencing wire normally has a yield strength of less than 60,000 pounds per square inch. A conventional 12-1/2 gauge wire will yield at tensile force of less than 500 pounds and break at less than 550 pounds.

Each wire in a high-tensile wire fence is stretched with 250 pounds of tension. The wires are held along posts or combinations of posts and spacers called battens, stays, or droppers. The wire is flexible enough to bend, wrap, tie in knots, or to be clamped with crimping sleeves. Tension in the wire is maintained by permanent in-line stretchers or tension springs. The use of high tension in the wire reduces sag in the wire. The higher tension in the wire requires the use of strong end- and corner-brace assemblies. Some advantages of high-tensile fencing are that it:

  • is easier to handle than woven or barbed wire,
  • has no barbs to injure livestock,
  • has a longer life,
  • has low maintenance needs,
  • has a neat appearance,
  • is easily electrified,
  • is less expensive for most applications than barbed or woven wire fences,
  • requires less time to erect,
  • requires less time to repair, and
  • requires fewer posts

 

We are proud to use Behlen’s Gates in all of our fences. Here is a link to their catalog. Please click to see what they offer. Behlen’s gate catelog.pdf

The location of the fence must be determined before the start of construction. Property boundaries should be checked and laws regulating fences must be complied with. Check with utility companies about the location of buried cables and pipes. Locate problem areas such as bogs, steep slopes, or areas prone to flooding. Decide exactly what purpose the fence is to serve. Field size, access to water, soil type, and efficient movement of cattle should be prime considerations when planning fences. Many management systems use electric fences. High tensile fencing works well with electrified wire. Future plans for the enclosed area should also be considered. Gates should be located for the efficient movement of machinery and livestock. Fence lines should be laid out using surveying equipment if possible. Remove all brush, trees, and other obstructions along the entire fence line before building any fence. Mow grass shorter than the height of the lowest wire. Level the ground along rough fence lines. Leave a path wide enough to drive a vehicle on either side of the fence.

Wood Posts
We use inland Douglas Fir from southern Oregon.  Inland Fir grows much slower than pine or Coastal Fir, making it more dense, stronger, and longer lasting than traditional pine posts.  Our posts are ACQ treated which is one of the most environmentally safe treatments available today, giving the consumer 15-20 years of use.

Rail Fencing

Fence Photos 023We also offer rail and board fence options for customers looking for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional farm fencing.  Rail fencing in small confinement, feeding, or riding areas gives additional structure and support when animal pressure is a concern.

 

 

 

 

Livestock Requirements

Cattle Most types of fence can be used with cattle, so most cattle producers assess factors such as expense, ease of construction and expected life of the fence when considering fencing strategy. In the past, woven wire and barbed wire were the most common fence types; however,high-tensile fencing is rapidly gaining popularity. Fence height for perimeter cattle fences should be a minimum of 54 inches. When bulls are penned separately from cows, special attention must be paid to construction. Heavy posts with thick-gauge wire or cables are required, or electric fence may be effectively used. Fences for handling facilities must be strong enough to withstand heavy usage, tall enough (60 inches minimum) to prevent escape, and clearly visible. Treated wood or heavy wire panel fences are preferred.