by E&V Ranches
on Monday, November 9th, 2020 at 10:54am.
If you're new to farming and ranching, you'll benefit from fencing 101. From time to time, livestock finds a hole or has a wooly coat and does not notice the electric fence. Otherwise, they run amuck onto the road risking getting hit or they discover your tasty landscaping and the flowers, plants and landscaping you worked tirelessly over the summer are destroyed...plants chewed down to nubs, flowers uprooted, grass trampled and trees bare on the lower half. A good fence will do a lot more for you than just save you some grief. It ups the property value. It gives your property a good clean border. Also, it keeps your cows, horses, sheep or anything else you may have where they belong a lot better than a single strand hot wire. Barbwire is a staple of cattle ranches and farms and for good reason – it’s effective.
Step One: Set good square corners with hedgeposts such as railroad ties. The corners of the fence are the foundation. If the corners are set properly, you will have a fence that will keep tight wires for years and years to come. The railroad ties are heavy though!
Step Two: Use the post-hole digger to carve out your hole then you can drop the post in. Use a level to square it up and then you can start tamping dirt around the post until it is solidified.
Step Three: A brace post between the corner and the first post going each direction will solidify the corner. Running a nine-gauge wire diagonally between the posts and twisting it with a stick or pole will give your corner extra support and make it last even longer.
Step Four: Once the corners are set, the really hard work is over, and the tedious work begins. Run your first wire before putting in T-posts to ensure your fence ends up as straight as possible. Once you have the guideline up, you can drive in your T posts. A post driver works fine, but a tractor and loader is welcome, especially if the line is very long. Step Five: With all of your posts in, you can then run as many wires as you like. Most barbed-wire fences are five-to-six wire lines. It mostly depends on how mischievous the animals are within the fence. Use a fence stretcher to get the line good and tight. After that it’s just a matter of clipping the wire to each post using T-post clips on the line posts and steeples for the corner posts, that's the long game, but the ROI is worth the investment of time!
The phrase "fences make good neighbors" came from the following poem.