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Post Spacing for Fence Installation

Q.How far apart do I set my fence posts? 

A. Post spacing is important because it provides the framework for your fence perimeter. Spacing differs based on fence type, and will also vary with land conditions and livestock pressure on the fence. Below are some general requirements. For specific post spacing recommendations in animal applications, check out our animal fence application page.

General Post Spacing Requirements
Fence Type Post Spacing
Barbed Wire  (High Tensile) up to 30' w/ stays
Barbed Wire (Low Carbon) 12-15'
Fixed Knot (High Tensile)  up to 30'
 Field Fence (High Tensile)  up to 16.5'
 Field Fence (Low Carbon)  8'
 Non-Climb Horse Fence (High Tensile)
Non-Climb Sheep and Goat Fence (High Tensile)
 Non-Climb Horse Fence (Low Carbon)  8'
 Smooth Wire (High Tensile)  up to 30' w/ battens

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