Smart fencing is the desire of every farmer, but most farmers lack adequate knowledge on how to go about it. Smart fencing especially for livestock compels utilization of available scarce farm resources. With tips on how to go about it, you can come up with a cost-effective fencing plan. This article has got everything covered for you.
- Size of the farm. To achieve a smart fence plan, farm size is a major factor to consider. Large livestock and animal farms require high inputs in terms of Labor and materials. Inexpensive and long-lasting fencing materials will be suitable for a substantial number of animals and livestock.
- Purpose. Fence purpose is another important factor. Is the fence for separating sick and pregnant animals from healthy ones, or separating livestock from pastures and other crops on the farm, or is the fence for security reasons, or is the fence for separating different types of livestock? Fencing purpose greatly determines the materials to be used and the type of fence eg for animal and livestock security, a rigid and theft-proof fence is required. For rotational grazing, an interim and easy to move fence is required to separate the paddocks. A strong fence is suitable for separating animals from other crops on the farm. This prevents animals from breaking through the fence and destroying the planted crops.
- Type and number of livestock and animals. Different animals require separate yards. Cattle require a separate enclosure from sheep, goats, pigs, or donkeys. For easy monitoring of large herds, dividing the large herds into smaller herds using fences will be suitable for this purpose. Strong and durable fencing materials are required for strong and temperamental animals eg, cedar posts reinforced with concrete and barbed wire or concrete posts with barbed wire.
- The extent of use of the fence. The desire duration of the fence directly affects the type of material to be used. Temporary fences require temporary and easy to move fencing materials. Wood posts with barbed wire or electric fencing materials are the best options for temporary fencing while wood posts reinforced concrete or concrete posts with barbed wire will be suitable for permanent fencing.
- Cost and availability of materials. Some materials are readily available but expensive while others are affordable. The choice of material is dictated by the output of the farm. If the livestock eg, dairy cattle yield high output, one may opt for an electric fence because there are available resources to maintain it. Affordable and available fencing materials are recommended for a smart and cost-effective farm fencing plan.
- Site. Fencing for livestock and animals should be free from fire, floods, etc. It should have a well-drained terrain. To avoid injuries, animals and livestock should be fenced on flat grounds to avoid injuries. The site should be accessible from different parts of the farm.
Smart fencing for livestock and animal facilitates the smooth running of other farm activities. This article is a useful tool for your fencing purpose.