Regardless of whether your farmland is a small parcel or set on vast acreage, setting up a fence around all or part of your land is an important detail that must not go overlooked. It’s true that installing a farm fence is going to be a huge task, but you purchased the land for farming—a profession that requires a lot of hard work and dedication—so planning for proper fence installation should be a piece of cake in comparison!
From protecting your livestock and crops from destructive wild animals to defining boundary lines with neighboring farmers to avoid disputes, erecting a fence is both smart and worthwhile. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of how to plan for farm fence installation in Carlsbad, NM.
Draw a diagram of your property
Some properties can extend for miles, which can make surveying your land a little difficult. If you have an updated aerial photograph of your farmland, keep it handy for reference during the planning process. But it’s good for you to know your property, so take a walk or a drive to record important features—including structures, buildings, roads, ponds, paddocks, tree clusters and other natural features that stand out. Sketching out all these features on engineering grid paper is step one.
Decide on fence placement
Now that you’ve got a simple visual in front of you, decide which areas you want to fence in. Does it make sense to fence in your entire farm? Just the boundary areas? How about setting up pastures and paddocks for your animals? As an active farm, the safety of your animals, protecting your crops and securing your machinery are at the top of your priority list—this is your livelihood.
Think about adding gates
Where there’s a fence, you will see gates for easy access into and out of blocked-in areas. Consider the function of each gate—at the front to let vehicles in, to lock in horses, a provide a garden entrance, to secure the back pasture—then pencil them onto your diagram. Gates are not cheap, and you will likely need more than a few gates of various sizes, but farm living can benefit from easier accessibility to livestock, crops and farm machinery and equipment.
Select fence material
There are many reasons not to skimp on the quality of your fencing materials for farm fence installation in Carlsbad, NM. First, your fence or fences are going to be all that stands in between your animals or crops and dangerous predators. That means you don’t want an easily collapsible fence, nor do you want to get stuck with costly repairs for a weak-structured fence. The best thing to do is to talk with the professionals about your fencing options—wood, composite, woven wire, barbed wire, chain link, electric and more.
When your livelihood is at stake, steer away from shortcuts when fencing or re-fencing your farm. Consider your needs for all areas of your property and compare them to the plan you’ve just made, and then give Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC a call to discuss fence installation in Carlsbad, NM.