Agricultural Fencing Tips For Modern Farm Managers
We don’t need to tell you that managing a farm is not a profession that leaves you with a short to-do list. You have a million and one different things that you are responsible for managing. This ranges from the obvious big responsibilities like livestock and crops to everyday maintenance. This might include irrigation, grass seeding and reseeding, mowing and spraying, and muck spreading. You also need to be making greater and greater efforts to cut down on carbon emissions. And among the many, many elements that you simply cannot afford to neglect is agricultural fencing.
While many of the farm manager’s duties are purely practical, agricultural fencing is one of those responsibilities that blends the practical with the aesthetic. Different areas will have different requirements depending on their purpose. The fencing you use for an equestrian paddock, for example, will be different from the one you use for a driveway leading up to the farm itself.
After all, fencing is one of those broad terms that covers more than it lets on. To the layperson, it may seem like a task that serves one single purpose, but we all know that’s far from the case. Fencing allows the farmer to secure the land, to delineate clear boundaries for all to see. It’s also about protection, keeping livestock safe from escaping and other hazards by keeping them where they are supposed to be. Fencing also divides your property and land up into its different uses, and it makes grazing rotation possible. And, while fencing may occasionally end up towards the bottom of your to-do list, but it only takes one little problem to wreak some serious havoc.
And, as a modern farm manager, the aesthetics may be more important now than they were in years gone by. Equestrian services, from riding to petting, are a tremendous source of revenue, and you will want to make sure that you have considered the presentation of your fencing as well as how effectively it’s actually doing its job. Here are a few things to remember if you’re looking to get serious about your fencing.
Every Livestock Area Has Its Own Agricultural Fencing Needs
This is going to sound rather simple, but the first thing to consider when you are looking for fencing is what you need it for, exactly. Say you’re looking for fencing for a livestock paddock. The animals that you are looking after will all have very different requirements, not to mention varying levels of interest in testing how secure that fencing is. Sheep, for example, don’t tend to be that bothered about seeing whether they can perform an escape act. Whereas, goats have been known to put a great deal of effort into breaking out of their enclosures. Pigs are born burrowers, well-known for having a dig to get under fences. As such, you’ll need to make sure you’ve installed it deep enough. If you’re looking for fencing for your equestrian paddock, then you are going to need to know that you are using the right materials.
Equestrian fencing has no sharp edges, and it uses smaller gaps in the wire to cut down on the risk of any hooves getting caught. You will also find that equestrian fencing tends to use high-tensile wiring, for obvious reasons! Equestrian fencing is durable, and it is low maintenance. Of course, if you’re looking for fencing for a non-livestock area, then you need something a little less custom-made. In short, the behaviour of the livestock, and the chances of them hurting themselves on the fencing, will play a huge part in the type of fencing you need.
Low Maintenance Agricultural Fencing Options Can Save You A Lot Of Time
It is true of fencing, as with so many things in life, that the more care and time you take over installing something, the less you’ll have to go back and fix it. While it is a fact of life that you will always have to spend some time going out there and sorting out a fence, you can cut down on that amount of time drastically by making sure you get it right the first time. Take Agricultural Stock Fencing, for example. It is economical and it is practical, and at Hill View Farm we can offer solutions that will extend its lifespan. So, while we can offer you mild steel stock fencing, we would suggest that you go with high tensile netted wire because it’s tighter and will need less looking after.
Similarly, we can supply you with creosoted posts for your fencing, which should extend the lifespan of your fences by a massive 10-15 years. We support our stock fencing by posts that are installed every 3-4 meters, and we will always take great care to ensure that these are driven deep into the ground to make sure it’s durable and will last.
Durable Fencing Can Still Look Good
It’s important to remember that practical does not mean ugly. Post and Rail Fencing is one of those classic, vintage looks that we all know and love. It combines efficiency with a timeless aesthetic. You’ll normally find it along the roadside or driveways. These fences can be treated with a range of finishes. At Hill View Farm, we prefer driving the timber deep into the soil rather than using concrete, because it will allow the posts to last longer. We can also provide rabbit wires to make it less of a liability for those fluffy little pests!
This is just one example of how we strive to combine high quality, durability and aesthetics. Here at Hill View Farm, we have over 35 years of experience in installing and repairing agricultural fencing. We’ve worked on everything from galvanised metal gates for paddocks to kissing gates for public footpaths. If you want to learn more about what we have to offer, including hay and straw for your farm, hay bale hire for special occasions, or hedge cutting for farms, landowners and councils, then have a look around our website to read more about our family business. We understand the need for diversification for farm owners, and we have the experience and the tools that you need.
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