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How to Choose the Correct Fence for Your Farm | Your Fencing Options

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Two beautiful horses behind a fence built by Prairie Fence

Selecting the right fence for your farm is a crucial decision that affects the safety of your livestock, the security of your crops, and the overall functionality of your property. With various types of fencing available, choosing one that suits your specific needs is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision.

1. Consider the Type of Livestock

Your fence's primary purpose will often dictate the type of fencing you need. Different animals require different fencing solutions:

-Cattle: For cattle, a strong and durable fence is necessary. High-tensile wire, barbed wire, or page wire fencing are popular choices. High-tensile electric fences are also effective and relatively low-cost.

- Horses: Horses require fences that are safe and visible. Options include wooden rail fences and electric tape or rope fences. Avoid barbed wire, as it can cause injuries.

- Sheep and Goats: These animals are known escape artists. Page wire fences with small openings or electric netting are ideal to keep them contained.

- Pigs: Pigs are strong and can dig under fences. Sturdy page wire or high-tensile electric fences placed close to the ground are effective.

2. Assess the Terrain

The topography of your farm can influence the type of fence you need:

-Flat Terrain: Most fencing types work well on flat terrain but consider ease of installation and maintenance.

- Hilly or Uneven Terrain: Flexible fencing, such as high-tensile wire or page wire, is better suited for uneven ground as it can accommodate changes in elevation without compromising integrity. Although rail fences are difficult to install on hilly terrain, it is possible to install them.

- Rocky Soil: In rocky areas, installing fence posts can be challenging. Consider using post drivers designed for rocky soil, such as a post pounder or an auger, to pre-drill post holes for extremely tough soil.

3. Determine Your Fencing Budget Options

Budget constraints will influence your choice of fencing materials and the scale of your project:

- Low Budget: Electric fencing is cost-effective and versatile, suitable for various livestock. Barbed wire is also inexpensive but may not be suitable for all animals.

- Mid-Range Budget: Page wire fencing offers a good balance between cost and durability and is suitable for various livestock.

- High Budget: If budget is less of a concern, you might opt for more permanent and visually appealing options like wooden rail fences.

4. Longevity and Maintenance

Consider how much time and effort you’re willing to invest in maintaining your fence:

- Low Maintenance: High-tensile electric and page wire fences require minimal upkeep.

- High Maintenance: Wooden fences require regular maintenance, such as painting or staining, to prevent rot and weather damage.

5. Safety Considerations

Safety is paramount, especially when fencing around animals prone to injury:

- Non-Injurious Fencing: For horses, avoid barbed wire and opt for smooth wire to prevent injuries.

- Visibility: Highly visible fences reduce the risk of animals and people running into them. Adding flagging tape to electric fences can improve visibility.

6. Additional Features

Consider any additional features that might be necessary for your fencing:

- Gates and Access Points: Ensure you have enough gates and that they are strategically placed for easy access.

- Electric Fencing: If you opt for electric fencing, ensure a reliable power source and proper grounding.


Choosing the right fence for your farm involves evaluating your needs based on livestock, terrain, budget, and maintenance preferences. Considering these factors, you can select a fence that provides security, safety, and durability for years. For expert advice and quality fencing solutions, contact Prairie Fence. We’re here to help you make the best choice for your farming needs.

Feel free to contact us for a consultation or browse our selection of fencing products to find the perfect match for your farm.

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