Electric Fence with Barbed Wire

Field Fence with Barbed Wire at top and T-Posts

Hinge Knot Woven Wire with Barbed Wire at Top and Round Wood Posts

Livestock Panel Fence

Woven Wire with Barbed Wire and T-Posts

Agricultural fencing comes in many different varieties to safely and securely protect your land, livestock, and to prevent intruders. Protect your investment with the proper fencing for your application

Things to Consider…

This is a critical decision when you are investing in your livestock and land. The proper application will provide safety, security, containment, and aesthetics for your needs.

  • What type of animal do you need fencing for? Size, characteristics, and the behavior they exhibit are all factors for requirements in choosing the proper fence
  • How much fencing materials do you need?
  • What local county and municipal laws are there to consider?
  • What is the overall cost of materials needed to meet your needs and does it fit into your budget?
  • How aesthetically pleasing would you like your finished fence to look?

What type of fence do I need?

Determining the correct type of fence for your application is critical. To secure and protect your investments, see the chart below to guide you in determining the best solution.

  Cattle Horses Deer & Wildlife Sheep & Goats Hogs Small Animals
(Rabbits, pets, etc)
Woven Wire X X X X    
Barbed Wire X          
Electric Fence Wire X   X      
Livestock Panels X X   X X  
Welded Wire     X X   X
Split Rail       X   X
T-Posts X X X X X X
Round Wood Posts X X X X X X

Wire Information

Wire Types

Low Carbon - made from steel rod with carbon content of approximately 0.10%. This type of wire is easy to work with and fairly forgiving.

High Tensile - made with higher carbon steel. The carbon content of this product is approximately 0.28%. This increased carbon content significantly increases the wire’s strength and longevity of the wire.

Protective Coating - Common Galvanization for Ag wire Commercial - This is the lowest grade and is common on most poultry netting, hardware cloth, and welded wires. Less than 0.28 oz of zinc/ft2 coating.

Class 1 - This is the most common coating on low carbon wire. Greater than 0.28 oz of zinc/ft2 coating.

Class 3 - This is the standard on the high tensile wire products. This coating is more than 2.5 times thicker - 0.80 oz of zinc/ft2 than the industry standard Class 1 coating.


How much fence wire do I need?

Use these diagrams to determine the square area to be fenced. Please note these are suggested guidelines using the square area to be fenced with the number of rolls to calculate the required material needed to enclose various acreage sizes.


Joint and Knot Information

Hinge Joint - This knot is common in agricultural fencing. It is formed by wrapping the vertical stay wire pieces around the line wire at each intersection. This design can absorb animal impact without damage. The Hinge Joint is the economical knot choice. Acting as a hinge, this joint allows the fence to spring back into shape and give under pressure.

Square Knot - The design uses a separate piece of wire to attach the line wire to the solid stay wire. The Square Knot is smooth to the touch and strong enough to resist animal impact. This knot gives extra vertical strength to withstand impact from larger animals, prevents buckling and sagging, and allows flexibility in the fence when installing.

Fixed Knot - This design is top of the line. The Fixed Knot utilizes solid vertical stay wires, which increase the vertical strength of the fence and allow for increased post spacing. This knot is a separate piece of wire tightly wrapped around the line wire and stay wire and cannot unwind under pressure. The Fixed Knot is very resistant to animal damage and is primarily used for Deer & Wildlife Fencing and Cattle Fencing.

Hinge Joint

Square Knot

Fixed Knot

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