Things to Consider
A good understanding of fencing basics can help you make the best decisions on fencing type, coatings, and other considerations for your fencing project.
Fence Project Design
Project design starts with a plan. Because Bekaert fencing products offer a long life expectancy, a well-designed plan incorporating your ideas for long-term use, future changes, and ideal operation of your fencing system provide you with the greatest return on your fencing investment. Helpful planning tools include aerial maps of your property, which can be obtained from the US Soil Conservation Service, the US Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, your local agricultural Extension service, or private aerial survey firms.
Using the maps, divide the land into assignments for pasturing, hay and other crop production, wildlife areas, and other uses. This will help you determine your current fencing needs, and anticipate any future needs as your operation grows and changes.
Fencing costs are always a key consideration for operators, particularly when they form a boundary between neighboring properties. Cost-sharing assistance for boundary fencing may be available through government entities, including the US Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, or your county’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Office.
Estimating your fencing material and costs from the mapping design is a matter of computing the number of linear feet needed for your project. Using an onsite measuring wheel or string, measure your planned fence line in feet. Total the lengths of each section, then subtract the spaces needed for gate openings to estimate your total linear feet and your project cost.
questions to consider include:
- Is my goal containment or exclusion?
- What type of livestock (cattle, bison, horses, sheep, goats, etc) am I fencing for, by weight and protection needs?
- How many head per pasture am I anticipating?
- How rough is the terrain?
- Will there be an issue with rocks or other tough ground conditions?
- Is electricity accessible?
- Is water accessible?
- Where will my interior fences need to be?
can protect your fencing investment and extend the life of your fence with their durability. Learn more about our fence coatings on our coating page, and check out our industry-leading limited coating guarantees
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