If you’ve ever had to chase a runaway cow, you know how frustrating (and tiring) it can be, which is why good fencing is a must no matter the size of your livestock.
Factors to Be Considered
Chain link fencing is one of the most widely used fencing options today because it’s transparent, versatile and also reasonably priced. Here are some things to consider if you’re going for this type of fencing:
1. Height of Your Fence
Fences can be cut to just about any height you want but the ideal height is from 6 to 10 feet. For added security, you can add a barbed wire or rails at the top.
2. Kind of Gauge
This refers to the thickness of the metal in the chain link. The thicker it is, the more security it can provide.
3. Coated vs. Galvanized
You can opt to just go with a regular galvanized chain link. But if you want extra weather protection as well as protection against corrosion and rust, then a vinyl coated chain link is the way to go. It’s basically colored vinyl which not only makes it extra durable but also visually appealing.
How Much Will It Cost?
Fencing is among the most costly elements of livestock grazing. The type you choose greatly affects the total cost, annual ownership and maintenance cost and cost per foot. Your choice of supplier also impacts the total price since the cost will vary from seller to seller.
In the case of chain-wire fence, the price fluctuates depending on the current price of steel. But in general, it would cost between $3-$6 per linear foot if you are getting residential grade 4’ high fence but it could also be as high as $15 per foot for 6’ high. You’ll need to spend for the gate too, which can add anywhere from $100-$300 depending on the size.
If you go with professional installation, you’ll spend around $5-$35 per linear foot and this is just for residential fencing. If you’re fencing a commercial property, you’ll need a commercial grade fence (8’ – 12’) which costs around $15-$40/foot.
Common Fencing Mistakes
Whether you’re going the DIY route or getting a professional to install your fence, you need to be aware of some common mistakes in fencing:
1. Choosing the wrong type of fence. Remember, fencing is expensive so it always pay to research and plan ahead.
2. Failure to keep the posts anchored properly. The post is what keeps the fence functional so it’s vital that your posts are strong, properly positioned, and are buried deep into the ground.
3. Getting the wrong gate size. It can be very expensive to reposition gates and it’s also time-consuming. So make sure you do it right the first time. Place gates in areas that are well-drained and out of the area of erosion. You should also strategically position it where there is regular foot traffic to encourage your livestock to move along the fence line.