There’s more than one reason for needing a fence. Farms and ranches, for example, rely on fences to secure and protect their livestock. Make sure you know your fencing options! Here’s how to choose the right type of livestock or ranch fence in Carlsbad, NM based on your farm’s animals:
- Horse fencing: You can find a number of fast-moving animals on farms and ranches. Horses, for instance, live to run far and wide, and they often do it at great speeds, which is why you must take visibility into consideration when selecting horse fencing. Horses need to be able to see the fence to avoid running into it and becoming entangled or injured. A fencing option that is ideal for horse ranches is wood posts and board fences, or the same construction in vinyl, but these materials can be pricy and labor-intensive.
- Hog fencing: Got hogs? These farm animals can grow quite large, so your best bet is to build a strong and durable fence. Feedlot panel fencing is a beneficial choice for hog fencing. This type of fencing is made of heavy-gauge wire panels that hold up under the weight of livestock if they run into them. The great thing about feedlot panels is that you can set them up in the pasture or near a barn the way you like, and add a gate for easier access to your hogs.
- Cattle fencing: One crucial feature of cattle fencing is that it needs to be at least 54 inches high to contain most cattle. You’ve probably heard that barbed wire and woven wire are common choices, but high-tensile wire fencing systems constructed of treated wood posts are quickly becoming more popular with ranchers. If you have bulls and cows that need to stay separated, then you will need a stronger fence system, one with thick posts and a larger gauge wire. Some people opt to electrify their cattle fences.
- Goat fencing: Goats are crafty creatures. They sometimes seem to be able to get through almost any fence or containment barrier with little to no problem. Because they are so sly, choose a goat fencing option that will keep them in, rather than allowing them to run amok. Many a goat has needed human assistance to break free after becoming tangled in fencing material—this can result in injuries to goats. Consider goat net wire fencing, just as long as you space the posts close together.
- Electric fencing: Many of the fences discussed above can be electrified, although there are some considerations for electrified fencing that you need to be aware of. First, no matter the type of livestock you’re fencing in, choosing an electric fence will require careful fence setup. Read the setup instructions carefully or, to ensure proper setup, hire a professional fence contractor.
If you own a large farming property and need help building a new ranch fence in Carlsbad, NM, call Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC. We are also available to assist with your residential and commercial fencing needs!