On a farm, fences serve many important purposes. Indeed, livestock farming is nearly impossible without plenty of sturdy fencing. Farm fencing keeps animals where they belong while also protecting them from predators. Farmers shift animals from one fenced area as a part of pasture management. Additionally, farm fencing separates different types of animals that could harm each other. For all of these reasons, one of the first things that must be done on a new farm is a fencing installation.
Beaverton and Portland homeowners are aware of the damage storms can cause to fencing; farmers must also be careful to watch for damage. To inspect farm fencing, walk or ride around the perimeter of your land. The first thing to look for is fencing that’s been downed by fallen trees or tree branches. In this case, you’ll need to first get the tree out of the way. Here’s where riding your tractor around the perimeter shows its advantages; you can haul your chainsaw along with you much more easily on a tractor.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed how to repair cedar fencing; Beaverton and Portland homeowners also know they can rely on us for repairs. However, it’s rare to find cedar fencing used as perimeter farm fencing – it’s just too high-maintenance for long stretches of land. Instead, most farmers use barbed wire or electric high-tensile fencing. Repairing downed stretches of electric fencing requires the farmer to first turn off the electricity, then restring any wire that has become damaged. Another potential repair: tightening the tension on sagging fence wire. Finally, farmers should regularly check the alignment of posts by looking down long stretches of fencing. An especially determined heifer can knock a post out of line. Correcting akimbo posts is the perfect job for enjoying quiet time on the farm. Of course, if a post is lying flat on the ground, the farmer must repair it ASAP or risk losing livestock.
Browsing around our site, you can probably tell most of our efforts go to building beautiful cedar fencing. Beaverton, Portland, Salem, Vancouver, Hillsboro and Tri-Cities families trust us to create stunning, strong fencing for their homes. But we do offer one product that is perfect for farm fencing: Electrobraid. Electrobraid is an excellent farm fencing option, especially for horse pastures. It looks like yachting rope on the outside – a double helix of copper wire conductors is woven into the rope’s outer jacket. Electrobraid is strung like a high-tensile wire between posts spaced 30 to 50 feet apart. Should a horse come into contact with the Electrobraid, the shock is akin to the static shock from touching a TV screen, but more painful so as to prevent future contact. The manufacturers of Electrobraid are so confident their product will not cause harm to horses, they offer a safety warranty.
We like this product for many different reasons – it’s more visible to horses than steel wire used on cattle fencing; it has no sharp edges where horses could get hurt; and it keeps predators out. But cost is probably the number one reason farmers choose Electrobraid for a fencing installation. Beaverton-area farmers can vouch for the fact that this fencing product is cost effective, at 16 to 18 cents per foot. And because Electrobraid bounces right back from fallen tree branches, it also boasts low maintenance costs.