Blog written by First Class Fencing in Calgary
Just like animals and equipment, fences are required on any functional farm. Agriculture fencing in Calgary is critical to keep animals and gardens in a secure and marked location for protective purposes. Quality agricultural fencing made from durable materials can last up to 50 years if maintained properly and can be conducive to how productive a farm can be.
Learn all about the importance of agricultural fencing to keep livestock safe and the different types of fencing that can be used when managing a farm.
Agricultural fencing is often used to confine livestock for protective and methodical purposes. By fencing livestock in certain areas to wander, handling daily chores, like milking and feeding, is much easier. Fencing will also keep your livestock in a designated area, making it easier to herd them when needed.
Agricultural fencing is also used to protect livestock from potential dangers outside of the designated areas they are confined to. Wandering animals are more prone to become injured when straying too far from the farm and being exposed to predators without the proper protective measures.
Protecting your crops and plants from potential predators can be accomplished by utilizing agricultural fencing materials. Mesh fencing is one option that will deter predators from barging into a garden and maintaining the growing crops. Mesh is only one of several inexpensive and easily installed fencing options to protect a garden.
Using a post and rail is a traditional method of fencing. It’s simple to construct, and modifying this type of fencing is incredibly easy. Installing traditional fencing involves getting the posts into the ground, either manually or by securing the holes with concrete, and the rails are then nailed to the fence. Barbed wire can be used to further secure the traditional fence.
Traditional fencing works best to contain small animals and will work to keep predators from harming the small livestock. This type of fencing is a low-maintenance and simplistic solution to keep some of your livestock secure.
Stock or wire fencing is a suitable alternative to traditional agriculture fencing in Calgary. This type of fencing can safely hold small to mid-sized animals, such as sheep, pigs, and alpacas. Stock fencing is also used to secure a garden to keep domestic animals from ingesting the growing crops. Consisting of heavy-duty wire that is useful to contain mid-sized livestock, stock fencing can be installed on a farm for various uses.
Though a bit more complex to install than post and rail, stock fencing can still be installed without the need for professional assistance and without spending swaths of money.
When large livestock is at risk of fleeing the property or the threat of an outside animal is prevalent, electric fences are deemed a necessity. Electric fencing encourages cattle and horses to back away when the gate opens to keep them contained without the possibility of escape. Because electric fencing can be easily installed and is an inexpensive purchase using metal poles, it can also be reconstructed in different areas of the farm without strenuous efforts.
Also known as poultry wire, wire netting is a type of mesh material used for fencing smaller animals like rabbits, ducks, chickens and hens. Reinforcing this netting with concrete can serve as extra protection for small animals susceptible to larger predators harming them. Further, wire netting can also be used to barricade your crops and plants from animal access.
Most Suitable Fencing
The best and most productive types of agricultural fencing all depend on the size of the animals or crops you want to protect. Gauging the height in which certain livestock can jump, what animals can dig, and what type of fence will best deter predators will give you an idea of the best fencing option for you.