Barbed and Plain Wire Stock Fence Installation
Barbed wire has been the go to fencing for livestock since the 1880s when it was first introduced so it's no wonder it's a popular solution today. Few alternatives have lasted so long and proved their worth and cost effectiveness in such a wide range of different situations and terrain. So barbed wire is still a common solution today, especially for long reaches of fencing over difficult ground. Wire fences are an inexpensive way of controlling cattle in particular over very large stretches and with minimal manpower. They'll also last long and maintenance is cheap compared to other comparable fencing materials.
There are many different types of wire that are used for barbed wire but if you're using it in the great outdoors with a view to keeping larger animals where they should be then it's in your interests to only choose high quality solutions. The most popular are low carbon and high tensile wire both of which will manage to resist the elements and the hairy hindquarters alike. Either should have a zinc coating to protect from rust and that's exactly what we use for all our barbed wire installations.
Four Point vs Two Point
Barbed wire doesn't just come in one type. There are different types of barbed wire for different applications and we are ready to help you decide exactly which one you need for your land and your livestock. The commonest variations are the number of points of barb on the wire. Barbed wire with four points of connection are usually recommended when you're keeping animals in close quarters, but costs more so where animals have more room and four point isn't strictly necessary then two points of connection can usually be used. Our experts will be happy to help you choose.
There are times and places where barbed wire isn't ideal. Nervous animals can easily hurt themselves coming up against barbed wire and valuable, skittish horses can easily cut themselves quite badly on barbs so horse wire is typically smooth. We can install smooth or barbed wire or mixtures of both taking care over the transition points to ensure that your continuous wire fencing will do the job it was intended for, at a price you can afford and with minimum risk to either your livestock or the wildlife of the area.
Gauging the Strength
Wire comes in a wide variety of thicknesses and while that thickness isn't the only thing that determines its strength (carbon content and manufacturing techniques are also important) the gauge gives you a rough idea of the strength. You don't need to use heavy gauge wire just to keep rabbits out of the vegetables, and you don't want wire that's too thin to hold up against heavier livestock. The larger the gauge number the thinner the wire, which often confuses people but when it comes to choosing the right gauge for the job you can count on us to get it right.