5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Pasture Fence

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Pasture Fence

Choosing a pasture fence might seem like a simple task from the very first moment, but in time you will figure out that there are many essential aspects to consider. The idea is always to find the best possible solution for your needs, and money is one of the obstacles that would get in the way. Usually, people opt for cheap fencing only to find out that it has to be replaced or repaired sooner than expected.

1. Picking the Wrong Type of Fencing Material for Your Need

It’s always nice to be able to take a few steps back, survey your pasture and appreciate the results of all of your hard work. But before you can kick back and enjoy and reap the benefits of that hard work, it is important to finish the job right. This means having a pasture fence in place that keeps your farm livestock safe.

2. Putting Access Gate In An Inconvenient Location

If your gate is placed in a hard-to-reach area, you will walk through your pasture more than you need to. Gates should be placed at the same point where you drive through the field. That will allow you to move cattle more quickly when it is time to rotate pastures or move them to winter grazing grounds. It will also keep you from having to walk uphill when moving cows and calves. A good gate is one that is big enough to drive equipment and livestock through but small enough to block a sheep.

3. Accidentally Fencing Outside the Property Line

Building a fence on the property line can cause a lot of problems. By law, you are required to keep your livestock inside your own property. If you build a fence on the property line, then you are also responsible for any damages done by your livestock – even if it was outside the fence.

4. Not Purchasing Enough Material for Your Need

A fence has the power to provide safety, security, and solitude. Or it can leave you feeling cut off or frustrated because the fence didn’t meet your requirements or stay within your budget. That is why it is important to understand the common pitfalls associated with fencing so you can make good decisions as you plan your future fence. Running out of materials will cause delays and will cost you more money. If possible, order 10% more than you need to avoid a potential shortage.

5. Digging Where Underground Utilities are Located

You would be surprised how many people forget to research where underground cables are found before they begin work. Digging where underground utilities are located is a big mistake I see people make all the time. Unless your fence line is clearly marked with the depth and location of every inch of cable, it is best to call your utility companies and get any unknown utilities marked before you start digging. You may even be able to find out where your utilities are on line without having to go through the stress of calling or waiting on hold.

By avoiding these mistakes and choosing a quality fencing option for your pasture, you can enjoy the benefits and peace of mind that comes from having a secure fence and happy, healthy livestock.