Farm fences & gates : build and repair fences to keep by Rick Kubik

By Rick Kubik

For each scenario, there is the suitable form of fence. wooden posts or metal, electrical mesh or barbed cord: this publication can help you determine what sort of a fence you would like and the way to head approximately development it. writer Rick Kubik, a retired crop consultant, explains in basic terms how you can build the fence you will have the 1st time round, so you do not waste money and time on unnecessary upkeep and reconstruction, and how  Read more...

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Some electric fences have all wires “hot,” while some use alternating “hot” and “ground” wires. The choice is mainly determined by the electrical conductivity of the soil where the fence is installed. In areas where there is reasonably good soil moisture, the soil will conduct electricity. All fence wires can be hot, and the jolt of electricity can be counted on to travel from the fence though an animal’s feet and then through the soil to complete the circuit. In more arid areas where there is low soil moisture, the soil conductivity is too low to complete a circuit.

High-tensile fencing has since spread throughout the world because of several other advantages: 1. It is safer for livestock, does minimal damage to animal hides, and is easily electrified to give better livestock restraint and predator protection. 2. It can withstand heavy pushing by livestock or low-temperature contraction without losing its elasticity. 5-gauge wire has a yield strength of 1,600 pounds for each wire. Conventional low-tensile wire of the same gauge will yield strength of less than 500 pounds and break at less than 550 pounds force.

When monitoring the fence after construction, pay close attention to existing animal trails that cross the fence. These are areas with high risk of intruders trying to gain access or livestock smashing down the fence to go where they are used to going to graze or drink. Also watch for signs that livestock are starting to cluster at certain areas. Look for heavily grazed or trampled areas. These are also likely escape areas either because animals get bullied in these areas or because the herd is there more often.

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