Cattle Steel Fencing


Farmers are investing a large amount in the cattle they have in their farm, since they produce milk and can be sold for meat, leather and other by products. To get the best returns on the cattle they have invested in, the cattle should remain healthy and not get injured or lost. Hence most farmers have a cattle steel fence around their farm or property, so that the cattle will not stray from the property. If there is no fence, and no cowherd, the cattle may stray away, and get injured by vehicles, hostile people or animals. It may also be difficult to trace all the cattle. So some of the considerations while installing the cattle fence are discussed.

 

One of the main factors determine the type of steel fence installed is the size of the farm, the budget of the farmer and the livestock kept in the farm. If there only cattle in the farm, usually a fence of barbed wire or woven metal mesh is used. The metal mesh is usually the cheapest option since less metal is required for the mesh compared to barbed wire, and it is also simpler in design. The size of the metal mesh may vary for some designs with mesh sizes larger at the top. In some cases, farm owners may also install an electric fence which will give a mild electric shock to the cattle if they try to leave the fence.

To make the fence last for a longer time, prevent corrosion, usually galvanized steel is used for the steel fencing. Stainless steel can also be used, though it is more expensive. Another consideration while choosing the fencing material is the gauge or thickness of the steel wire. Usually if thicker wire is used, it will be stronger and more durable, thought it will also be more expensive. Usually poles are installed around the farm boundary at intervals, and the fencing is fixed to the poles.