Types of Farm and Ranch Fencing
Like in case of any other product, technological changes add to the variety of fence materials in the market. When you think of replacing an old fence or building a new one and are considering the fence material, take into account the advantages and disadvantages of various types of fences. We at Superior Fence Co. of San Antonio, are the ranch and farm fencing experts that offer customized solutions. Here, we look at some common types of ranch and farm fencing options:
- Welded Wire Fence
This lightweight fencing feature is simple, basic, and made of rigid wires. A typical fence has vertical and horizontal rows of wires forming grids with squares of 2 inches wide and 3 to 4 inch high, with joints welded together. People use it for gardens or protecting small animals or poultry from predators like coyotes, foxes, etc.
- Barbed Wire Fencing
Barbed wire fencing is used to confine docile or domesticated animals in large spaces. The fencing is installed by stringing horizontal stands of barb/ woven wire inserted through metal or wooden posts. This type of wire keeps the animals confined but may large wild animals may be able to broach it. Before you install a fence, check for any zonal regulations in place for the use of barbed wire.
- Horse Fencing
This fencing is made with welded wire smoothened on both sides. It is strong and durable and specifically used for keeping horses safe and secure. Its knotted joints ensure that the horizontal wires do not slide over vertical wires. Horses often scratch their hide against the fence, and horse fencing prevents any harm to the animals. A V-mesh design with linear strength and springy texture is also available to prevent horses from entangling their hooves in the fence.
- Field Fences
Field fences are strong and durable because they are used to confine cattle, hogs and other large animals. Their strength depends upon their gauge and they are generally made using 12 gauge wire. These fences have 10 gauge wire at the bottom and upper end to make them durable and safer for the animals. The crimped joints add to their strength. The variations of these fences are:
- Hinge-Joint Knot Fences- Vertical and horizontal wire intersections are wrapped for added strength which welded joints lack.
- Fixed-Knot Fences- The joints become strong in both directions which prevents the wires from sliding from their place.
- Woven Field Fences- Special crimp joint weave provides flexibility when animals like bulls, goats, etc. ram into them. The fence regains its shape when animals push back from the fence. This helps to confine the animals within the fenced areas.
Some Other Types Of Farm And Ranch Fencing Include:
- Wildlife & Deer Fence
- Chicken Wire fencing
- Rail Fencing
- Electric Fence
Many ranch and farm owners opt for different types of fences for different areas of their property depending on the application. For information on our range of products including carports, feel free to contact Superior Fence Co. of San Antonio at (210) 600-3343 or send us your queries via this Contact Us form.