There are many different options when it comes to livestock fencing. Farm fencing systems are an easy way to confine or exclude livestock. Choosing the type of fencing system often comes down to the application that it would serve on the farm. The following are the different types of fencing types: page wire, barbed wire, suspension wire, smooth wire suspension, barbed wire suspension, and electric. Page wire is a permanent fencing type. Page wire is typically more expensive because its construction is more permanent. Barbed wire is typically used in four strands. Barbed wire fences serve as a good option for livestock. However, it's also more difficult to manage due to the barbs and can also lead to increased risk of animal injury. Suspension wire fence moves freely between posts. If impacted by an animal, it creates a whipping sound along the fence, which discourages other animals from reaching through the fence. Smooth wire suspension is usually constructed with at least five strands of wire, with only one or two of the strands being electrified.
Depending on the type of livestock operation, there are also other fence material options including: wood fences, stranded cable, pope, synthetic materials just to name a few. Most fence types do have some level of electric fencing. Some other livestock fencing materials include: insulators, corner strainers, gates, braces, posts, solar options and more. When looking for insulators you want to buy high quality ones that are nailed on. Corner strainers can be either porcelain or plastic – both are acceptable. When looking for a gate handle you want a good quality gate kit and underground coated wire is required in order to transfer power from one side of the gate/wire to the other. Solar fence is the best option when grazing livestock in remote areas were power isn't available for an electric fencer instillation. The solar panel will charge the battery which will then power a fence.