Rural fencing is an effective and economical way to mark the boundaries and restrict the movement of livestock. These fences can be used in small land blocks and large-scale farming areas. It is important to choose an ideal product that meets the requirements of your trade in terms of strength, durability and cost. For example, poultry and bulls will have different needs since the latter can break down weak structures and the former may be capable of flight. Here are the main rural fencing options to consider before purchase.
The popularity of wood fences in farms has declined drastically over the last few years. The material was traditionally favoured on farms because of the availability and sufficiency of hardwood. The heartwood of aged trees, which is dense, relatively waterproof and resistant to termite invasion was used. Today, you will not generally find this type of wood, at least not readily or in sufficient quantities.
However, you can consider treated lumber because it will last for a relatively long time with regular maintenance tasks such as staining or painting. Vinyl-coated lumber will reduce the maintenance requirements by minimising the adverse effects of water and heat exposure. Overall, wood fencing is not an economical choice for large farms, but you can use it for small pastures and paddocks and to create riding arenas.
There are different types of wire fences and the choice will depend on your end goal. Welded fences consists of vertical and horizontal metal wires that are welded together to form a mesh-like barrier. There are different gauges available and the height can vary depending on the purpose. This type of product is ideal for use to keep in chicken or to protect a garden from wildlife.
Woven fences are similar to welded alternatives in structure but the wires are knotted. The structure is stable and durable and you can choose different sizes of the woven mesh depending on the type of animal.
Barbed wire is built from two strands of twisted wire and barbs along the length. It is ideal for perimeter fencing but it is best used in tandem with woven or welded wire. It is a hard-wearing and economical choice for cattle or bison but goats, llamas and alpacas may be injured.
Synthetic rural fencing uses materials such as PVC and the basic configuration consists of rails and heavy-duty posts. They are not affected by adverse climates so they are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance. Synthetic fences are considerably more expensive so they are best used in small-scale exotic livestock farming.
For more information, contact a company like PVC Ultimate Fencing.