Agricultural fencing comes in many different types. If you get the right fencing and it is installed properly then you will not have as much stress as those ranchers who get poor quality cattle fencing and do not have it installed properly. Good fencing can be expensive, but it will seriously help you out financially and emotionally in the long run.
In many places the type agricultural fencing and the height of the fencing is mandated by law. Oftentimes these laws are for good reason. You need to meet or exceed the standards set by law, all while staying within your fencing budget.
Here are some signs that you chose the wrong cattle fencing, or at least did not get it installed properly.
Wire Fencing Sag
When you have a wire fence and it is sagging, even though it may of just been recently installed, it is because the tension was not adjusted tight enough by the people who installed the wire agricultural fencing. A sagging fence will tend to sag more and more each year. A sagging fence is an invitation to cattle to leave the enclosed pasture area. Chasing cows down is annoying and wastes a lot of gas in your 4 wheeler. You also may be liable for any damages your cattle cause if they escape onto a neighbors property and cause damages.
Rotted Wood Posts
If you use wood posts for your fence, then you should definitely use rot resistant and rot proof wood posts. A rotted fence post can make for an easy escape for cattle. If you have installed wooden fence posts within the last 5 years or so and they are beginning to rot, then you chose the wrong fence posts for your agricultural cattle fencing.
Smooth Wire Fencing
If you chose smooth wire fencing over barbed wire then you made a huge mistake. Smooth wire fencing will usually hold cattle in as well as barbed wire. The advantage however to barbed wire is that the cattle will not lean on the fence near as much with barbed wire. On a smooth fence the cattle will lean on the fence stretching it out and eventually causing it collapse. You will also have to pay a lot more money to constantly get your smooth fence tightened back up with the proper tension.
High Tensile Wire Fencing
High tensile fencing wire allows you to use fewer posts. High tensile wire fencing also will be much harder for cattle to stretch out, especially compared to smooth wire fencing.
If you have a woven wire fence and you have spot welds that are breaking, then you purchased the wrong fencing for agricultural use. Spot welded woven fencing is designed for homes and yards. The spot welds often break and then wire is poking out which can puncture a cattle's skin and cause serious injury or death, not to mention expensive vet bills or the costs injured by losing you cow that you can no longer sell at market.
If you use woven wire fencing you need to get agricultural specific woven wire fencing which has the wire knotted instead of tack welded.